Health Highlights, Nov. 12, 2020
Below are newsworthy items compiled by the Healthday staff:
Marines Study Casts Doubt on Usefulness of COVID Symptom Checks
A new study adds to evidence that temperature and COVID-19 symptom checks like those used at schools and doctor's offices don't help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
It found that after those measures and strict quarantines were implemented among U.S. Marine recruits before they started training, they still spread the new coronavirus to others even though few had symptoms, the Associated Press reported.
Symptom screening didn't detect any of the infections, according to the study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The findings have implications for places such as colleges, prisons, meatpacking plants that depend on this sort of screening to detect infections and prevent outbreaks, according to the AP.
COVID-19 Cases Trigger Cancellation of Maryland-Ohio Football Game
Positive coronavirus tests among Maryland Terrapin football players has caused the cancellation of the team's game Saturday against the Ohio State Buckeyes.
The game won't be rescheduled, CBS News reported.
Eight Terrapin players have tested positive in the last week and the game was canceled after a recommendation by Maryland school health officials and the Big Ten Conference.
In a statement, the school said: "Maryland Maryland Football will pause all team-related activities due to an elevated number of COVID-19 cases within the Terrapin's program," CBS News reported.
E. Coli Outbreak May be Linked to Recalled Romaine Lettuce: CDC
A link between an E. coli outbreak that's sickened 12 people in six states and recalled romaine lettuce sold by Tanimura & Antle (sold at Walmart stores) is being investigated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Five of the patients have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
All 12 of those who became ill had the same strain of E. coli that prompted the California-based company to recall its romaine lettuce, CBS News reported.
Last Friday, Tanimura & Antle recalled nearly 3,400 cases of single heads of romaine shipped to 19 states and Puerto Rico, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Walmart issued a list of 1,117 stores in 23 states where the recalled romaine may have been sold, CBS News reported.