Weekly Rounds with Infection Control Today: COVID Stress, Infection Prevention Funding, Booster Shots Debate

Take 5 minutes to catch up on Infection Control Today’s highlights for the week ending September 24.

Here are 5 highlights from ICT®’s wide-ranging coverage of the infection prevention and control world. Everything from interviews with known opinion leaders, to the news that infection preventionists and other health care professionals can use on their jobs.

COVID-19 Surges Stress Infection Preventionists to the Breaking Point

Infection preventionists across health care settings struggle with a myriad of problems during this pandemic. IPs at nursing homes have it particularly hard.

$2.1 Billion To Be Invested for Infection Prevention and Control Efforts

The allocations are scheduled to begin next month, with initial awards totaling $885, of which $500 million will go to what the CDC calls “strike teams” that will focus on nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

CDC Chief Vetoes Advisors: Health Care Workers Can Get Booster Shots

In a highly unusual move, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, overruled the agency’s panel of experts, saying that health care workers should get COVID-19 booster shots.

Surging or Shackled? Flu Season Could Go Either Way

The season of respiratory tract infections is upon us. Influenza, rhinovirus, respiratory syncytial virus, and pertussis—as well as COVID-19—once again are attacking many individuals across the US and worldwide.

CDC Gives Guidance On COVID-19 Isolation, Precautions

CDC: “For most children and adults with symptomatic SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, infection, isolation, and precautions can be discontinued 10 days after symptom onset and after resolution of fever for at least 24 hours and improvement of other symptoms.”