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Coverage of the Coronavirus Pandemic for the Week Ending April 22nd

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Temple University Health System’s preparations for and treatment of patients amidst the coronavirus pandemic continue to be part of the media’s COVID-19 coverage.

  • In new research published in the journal JCI Insight, scientists at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University show that responses to the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine differ significantly in individuals based on whether or not they were previously infected with COVID-19. Steven G. Kelsen, MD, Professor in the Department of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery at the Katz School of Medicine, is first author on the report and spoke with BuzzFeed News about the research for an article looking at the future of COVID-19.
  • Glenn F. Rall, PhD, Chief Academic Officer of Fox Chase Cancer Center, provided his perspective for a Philadelphia Inquirer story about 76er Matisse Thybulle and COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Anuradha Paranjape, MD, MPH, FACP, Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs and Professor of Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, offered insight to PhillyVoice about a new study published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) which found that the risk of heart complications after COVID-19 infection was greater than the risk after the first and second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Temple was one of 40 health care systems involved in the research, and Dr. Paranjape was one of the study’s authors.
  • New research published in the journal Preventive Medicine builds on previous work by researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University into the recent surge in firearm violence across Philadelphia during the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers, including corresponding author Jessica H. Beard, MD, MPH, FACS, Assistant Professor of Surgery and Director of Trauma Research at the Katz School of Medicine, and co-first author Iman N. Afif, MD, examined the people and places impacted by interpersonal firearm violence during the pandemic in Philadelphia. CBS3, FOX29 and NBC10 interviewed Drs. Beard and Afif. Billy Penn highlighted the research in one of its roundups, and PhillyVoice published an extensive article.