AUGUST 27, 2020
CDC revises guidelines for COVID-19 testing (features MAG President Andrew Reisman, M.D.)
Fox 5 Atlanta
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published its revised COVID-19 testing guidelines this week. According to the new guidelines, people who have been in close contact with an infected person "do not necessarily need a test" if they do not have symptoms. READ MORE
Gov. [Kemp] considers deploying strike teams to schools, colleges in event of COVID-19 outbreak
In an exclusive interview, Gov. Brian Kemp said he is considering creating mobile testing strike teams to deploy to schools, colleges and universities in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak. | READ MORE
3 counties [in Georgia] rank high in national COVID rates
Georgia Health News
Three Georgia counties appear among the top 20 hot spots for new COVID-19 cases over the past seven days, as compiled Wednesday by the New York Times. | READ MORE
51 more students test positive for COVID at Georgia Tech
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia Tech reported on its website Sunday 51 students have tested positive, its highest single-day total since it began tracking COVID-19 cases in April. | READ MORE
U.S. doctors group calls for transparency in COVID-19 vaccine development
The rapid pace of COVID-19 vaccine development and scant information about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s vaccine review process are leading to concerns, the American Medical Association said on Wednesday. | READ MORE
U.S. FDA authorizes use of blood plasma to treat coronavirus
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration on Sunday said it authorized the use of blood plasma from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 as a treatment for the disease, a day after President Donald Trump blamed the agency for impeding the rollout of coronavirus vaccines and therapeutics for political reasons. | READ MORE
Patient access to MRIs, CT scans to be eased by new state law, nurses say (features MAG)
Saporta Report
Patients may find wait times are shorter to get orders for an MRI and similar procedures following Gov. Brian Kemp’s decision to back nurses over doctors and allow nurses with certain credentials to order radiologic tests. | READ MORE
Duration of SARS-CoV-2 infectivity: When is it safe to discontinue isolation?
Oxford Academic
Defining the duration of infectivity of SARS-CoV-2 has major implications for public health and infection control practice in health care facilities. | READ MORE
First case of COVID-19 reinfection confirmed
MedPage Today
A 33-year-old man in Hong Kong may represent the first confirmed case of reinfection, researchers in Hong Kong said. | READ MORE
Rapid $5 coronavirus test doesn’t need specialty equipment
Associated Press
The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday authorized the first rapid coronavirus test that doesn’t need any special computer equipment to get results. | READ MORE
A medical student’s unique education in a pandemic (by MAG MRC member Mason Bennett)
Out of everything I learned during this pandemic, I think this will serve me best in my future as a physician. My education wasn’t hindered but enhanced. | READ MORE
The most in-demand doctors after COVID-19
While COVID-19 has flipped the physician job market, it will also increase demand for certain specialists, a recent Merritt Hawkins report says. | READ MORE
HRSA awards almost $12 million in grants to rural telehealth initiatives
Federal officials have announced almost $12 million in grants aimed at expanding access to telehealth services in rural parts of the country. | READ MORE
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