Weekly Rounds with Infection Control Today: Encourage COVID Boosters, Doing Hand Hygiene Right, Stop Candida auris

Take 5 minutes to catch up on Infection Control Today’s highlights for the week ending October 29.

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 Boosters Need to be Encouraged

The term “mild COVID-19” is an oxymoron. The devastating long-term effects of long COVID, along with future emergence of cardiovascular disease in those with minimal initial symptoms, reminds us that all SARS-CoV-2 infections may pose grave dangers to those who contract the virus.

Air Sampling Detects COVID-19 Spread in Dormitories

Compared to cases confirmed by human clinical testing, the air sampling used in the college dorms in the study had a success rate of 75%–100% in detecting infection by SARS-CoV-2.

Hand Hygiene Involves More Than Just a Checklist

Infection preventionists have been measuring hand hygiene with very little change in practice or retention of proper practice. Now is the time to think of new ways to improve hand hygiene and patient outcomes.

Strategies for Mitigating Spread of Candida auris

One of the most disturbing features of C auris is that, in its relatively short life, it has rapidly developed resistance to the few available treatment options.

COVID-19: Numbers Look Good, but Keep Guard Up

As of today, the outlook is very good and the pandemic is on a trajectory of burning out, but there are valid concerns which require that we continue our vigilance and public health strategies.