Using a massive database of genetic information, researchers at BIDMC identified a genetic variant that the scientists think influences how the immune system responds to COVID-19. To do this research, Robert E. Gerszten, MD (Cardiovascular Medicine, BIDMC), and his coauthors relied on research from earlier in the year that identified a specific genetic variation in the area of the genome that codes for blood type.

We’re just beginning to understand how our genes and COVID-19 mix

Kevin Tabb, MD (CEO, BILH) discusses the COVID-19 vaccine, and notes that the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines will likely arrive in Massachusetts in the next ten days. Editor’s note: Interview begins around 1:15.

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When asked if there can be more than one COVID-19 vaccine, Dan Barouch, MD, PhD (Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, BIDMC) says we need multiple vaccines to be successful.

So When Exactly Will a COVID Vaccine Be Ready?

The battle against caregiver fatigue and burnout has become harder than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. Alexa Kimball, MD, MPH (CEO, BIDMC) said despite the scope of the problem, there is plenty organizations can do to help healthcare workers and shared a number of strategies her team is taking to ease physician stress during the pandemic.

Uber Eats and Peloton subscriptions? Some creative ways Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians fights burnout

Health Leaders urge patients not to defer critical screenings and appointments as they did during and in the weeks after the spring surge of the virus. Richard Nesto, MD (CMO, BILH) says a hospital environment is, in many ways, safer than walking around town or going to a store. BILH’s special hours to reduce exposure in common areas are highlighted as some of the measures local health systems have taken.

Doctors have message for patients: Don’t skip non-urgent appointments

Delirium is often the first symptom of COVID-19 to appear in older people, a new study finds. Sharon Inouye, MD, MPH (Geriatric Medicine, BIDMC) says COVID can operate through multiple ways to affect the brain, and then, the usual stressors of being sick and hospitalized can contribute to delirium.

Delirium May Be Only Sign of Severe COVID in Elderly: Study

Dan Barouch, MD, PhD (Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, BIDMC) weighs in on how researchers arrived at the effectiveness rate of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and its significance bringing the pandemic under control. Barouch explains why these revolutionary vaccines offer so much promise in the battle against COVID-19.

BOSTON — The race to get a COVID vaccine across the finish line is in the final leg.

Public health leaders, including from BILH, urge Massachusetts residents to be cautious around Thanksgiving and encourage the public to not gather in large groups.

Mass. hospital officials warn against large holiday gatherings

The COVID outbreak forced changes big and small, some of which are here to stay – including the recent expansion of telehealth services. Thomas DelBanco, MD (Medicine, BIDMC) said the recent surge in doctor appointments via telehealth is decades overdue.

What will the new post-pandemic normal look like?