Special Issue "Genetic, Lifestyle, Socio-Economic, and Environmental Risk Factors Associated with the Incidence of the COVID-19 Pandemic"

A special issue of Epidemiologia (ISSN 2673-3986).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Alberto Arnedo-Pena
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Guest Editor
1. Health Science Department, Public University Navarra, 3100 Pamplona, Spain
2. Epidemiology Division, Public Health Center, 12003 Castelló de la Plana, Spain
Interests: epidemiology; infectious diseases; allergic diseases; outbreaks; coronavirus diseases; salmonellosis and pork product; vitamin D and tuberculosis; cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease mortality

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on almost all aspects of human life around the world. Knowledge regarding the risk factors of the COVID-19 pandemic has increased substantially in the last year, but many factors remain unknown and controversies about many of them continue, including the effects of gender, obesity, tobacco smoking, vitamin D, ABO blood groups, aerosol transmission, child transmission, Bacillus Calmette–Guérin vaccination, air pollution, weather conditions, and socioeconomic status. An epidemiological approach considering the study of genetic, lifestyle, socioeconomic, and environmental risk factors may be appropriate in order to obtain practical knowledge to control and prevent the disease. This Special Issue will address potential risk factors of the incidence of the COVID-19 with a vision board to include different fields of study and will provide the publication of accurate studies of these factors to be incorporated into public health interventions.

Dr. Alberto Arnedo-Pena
Guest Editor

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  • COVID-19
  • epidemiology
  • risk factors
  • genetics
  • lifestyles
  • weather
  • socioeconomic

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Incidence of sequelae post-COVID-19 and risk factors among patients after 6 months of a SARS-CoV-2 infection in Borriana (Spain): A prospective cohort study.
Authors: Salvador Domènech-Montoliu1 , Joan Puig-Barberà2 , Maria Rosario Pac-Sa3 , Paula Vidal-Utrillas4 , Marta Latorre-Poveda1; Alba Del Rio-González4 , Sara Ferrando-Rubert4 , Gema Ferrer-Abad4, Manuel Sánchez-Urbano1 , Laura Aparisi-Esteve5 , Gema Badenes-Marques1 , Belén Cervera-Ferrer1 , Ursula Clerig-Arnau1 , Claudia Dols
Affiliation: 1. Emergency Service Hospital de la Plana, Vila-real, Castellon, Spain. [email protected] (SDM) [email protected] (MRP) [email protected] (MSU) [email protected] (GBM)[email protected] (BCF) [email protected] (UCA) [email protected] (LGL) [email protected] (MDLLV) [email protected] (CNR) [email protected] (RRP) [email protected] (SVL). 2.Vaccines Research Area FISABIO, Valencia, Spain. [email protected] 3. Public Health Center, Castelló de la Plana, Castellon, Spain. [email protected] (MRPS) [email protected] (AAP) 4. Health Centers I and II, Borriana, Castellon, Spain. [email protected] (PVU) [email protected] (ADRG) [email protected] (SFR) [email protected] (GFA). [email protected] (DJS) [email protected] (MMB). 6. Health Center, Onda, Castellon, Spain. [email protected] (CDB) 7. Health Center, La Vall d’Uixó, Castellon, Spain. [email protected] (MFC) 8. Villa Fátima School. Borriana. Castellon. Spain.; [email protected] (CLD) 9. Department of Health Science, Public University Navarra. Pamplona, Spain. 10. Epidemiology and Public Health (CIBERESP), Madrid, Spain [email protected] (AAP) Correpondence: Alberto Arnedo-Pena: [email protected] +35-622-573979
Abstract: During Mars 2020 a COVID-19 outbreak took place in the Falles festival of Borriana (Spain) with 536 cases of SARS-CoV-2 infections. A population-based prospective cohort study of patients was carried out by the Public Health Center of Castelló, and the Emergency and Microbiology and Clinical Analysis Services of Hospital de la Plana Vila-real (Spain) in October 2020 to know the post-COVID-19 evolution, sequelae, and its risk factors. The study was implemented by a seroepidemiological survey with analytics determinations and telephone interviews of patients. Inverse probability weighted regression was used in the statistical analysis. A total of 484 patients participated in the study (90.3%) with a mean age of 37.2±17.1 (rank 1-81) years, 301 females (62.2%). In the outbreak, one patient died and 13 patients were hospitalized. A mild illness was the more frequent clinical presentation. After 6 months of the infection, a total of 159 patients indicated that they suffered at least a sequelae from post-COVID-19 (32.9%) and 47 (29.6%) of them sought medical assistance. The more frequents symptoms reported by the patients were hair loss (24.8%), fatigue (18.2%) loss the smell and/or taste (16.1%), headache (15.2%) muscle pain (11.8%), insomnia (11.8%), anxiety (9.1%), weakness (8.5%), restlessness (8.1%) and dyspnoea (6.8%). In an adjusted multivariate analysis by directed acyclic graphs, risk factors associated with a sequelae incidence were female sex (adjusted relative risk, [aRR] =1.98 95% confidence interval [ CI] 1.44-2.66 ), age 35 years and more versus less 35 years (RR=1.48 95% CI 1.13-1.96), B versus O blood group (aRR = 1.55 95% CI 1.09-2.21 ), symptomatic versus asymptomatic patients (RR=3.25 95% 1.69-6.22), more exposure to Falles festival events (aRR =1.59 95% CI 1.18-2.13), contact with COVID-19 patients (aRR = 1.90 95% CI 1.20-3.01), and medical consultation during the infection (aRR = 2.37 95% CI 1.77-3.19).

Title: Epidemiology of secondary Household transmission of COVID-19 from Health Care workers in a tertiary Hospital.
Authors: Francisco GUILLEN-GRIMA(1)(2)(3)(4); Miren REMON-BERRADE(1); Isabel SARRATE-ADOT(1); Sara GUILLEN-AGUINAGA(2)
Affiliation: (1) Department of Preventive Medicine, Clinica Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain. (2) Department of Health Sciences. Public University of Navarra (UPNA), Pamplona, Spain. (3) Institute of Health Research of Navarra (IdisNA), Pamplona, Spain. (4) CIBER Fisiopatología de la Obesidad y Nutrición (CIBERobn), Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Pamplona, Spain.
Abstract: SARS-COV-2 is highly contagious. Numerous studies have been conducted on the risk of infection in healthcare workers. However, there are few publications on the risk of transmission from healthcare workers to their families. We will study the secondary transmission of covid-19 among household members of Health Care workers with COVID-1 in a University hospital in Spain.

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