Human Response to Plague: a Literary and Sociologic Perspective

SUMMARY As COVID-19 pandemic, other plagues struck people in the past, provoking potential­ly dangerous social reactions in mankind. Luckily, these reactions are quite constant, even in different eras and cultures, and famous novelists accurately reported them in their books. Starting from the meticulous description of people reactions reported in Manzoni’s novel “The Betrothed”, this article … Continued

Peripheral Muscle Function and Myoelectric Activity of the Suprahyoid Region in Deglutition of Post-COVID-19 Patients

SUMMARY Objective. To investigate the prevalence of sarcopenia and its association with myoelec­tric activity of the SH region in post-COVID-19 patients, stratified by disease severity and gender. Methods. A cross-sectional study conducted in the post-COVID-19 Outpatient Clinic of a University Hospital. The following outcomes were assessed: swallowing (Dyspha­gia Risk Evaluation Protocol), electromyography of the SH … Continued

Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders among Sonologists during the Pre-COVID-19 and Present COVID-19 Era: a Survey and Review of Best Practices

SUMMARY Background. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs) have become an increasing cause of concern among sonologists. In this study, we evaluate the incidence and risk factors for WRMSDs among sonologists in the pre-COVID-19 and present COVID-19 era while identifying high-risk zones for WRMSDs and providing a brief review of optimal working conditions to avoid WRMSDs. Methods. … Continued

The Effects of SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic Countermeasures on Patients Receiving Infiltrative Treatment for Musculoskeletal Disorders: a Study from an Italian Cohort

SUMMARY Background. COVID-19 outbreak had a massive worldwide impact and several countermeasures to contain its spread have been adopted, such as the interruption of non-urgent outpatient clinics. We wanted to describe the effects of the national lockdown on the well-being of a cohort of Italian patients with musculoskeletal disorders receiving infiltrative treatment. Methods. 40 patients … Continued