Bottom Line: Risk stratification strategies to selectively distribute shielding provide a potential approach to easing social restrictions while attenuating the spread of COVID-19 Reference: Smith, G.D. & Spiegelhalter, D. Shielding from covid-19 should be stratified by risk. BMJ (2020). https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m2063 Date Published: 28 May 2020 Synopsis: Risk stratification for mortality due to COVID-19 to identify … Continue reading Risk stratification strategies for shielding
Bottom Line: Epidemic growth is associated with humidity and the degree of public health measures including social distancing, school closures, and restrictions on mass gatherings. Reference: Jüni, P. et al. Impact of climate and public health interventions on the COVID-19 pandemic: A prospective cohort study. CMAJ (2020). https://doi.org/10.1503/cmaj.200920 Date Published: 25 May 2020 Synopsis: The decline … Continue reading Impact of climate and public health interventions on the COVID-19 pandemic
Bottom Line: The groundwork for public acceptance of a COVID-19 vaccine must be proactively started before a vaccine becomes available to maximize vaccination rates and ensure herd immunity. Reference: DeRoo, S.S., Pudalov, N.J. & Fu, L.Y. Planning for a COVID-19 Vaccination Program. JAMA (2020). DOI: 10.1001/jama.2020.8711 Date Published: 18 May 2020 Synopsis: A long-term solution to … Continue reading COVID-19 and vaccination program planning
Bottom Line: The UK was slower to react to the COVID-19 pandemic compared to other first world nations, resulting in 505.8 deaths per million population, higher than both the global and American averages. Reference: Scally, G., Jacobson, B. & Abbasi, K. The UK’s public health response to covid-19. BMJ (2020). https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m1932 Date Published: 15 May … Continue reading The UK’s public health response to COVID-19
Bottom Line: The COVID-19 pandemic represents a global health crisis that requires large-scale behavioural changes and places psychological burden on individuals. Insights from social and behavioral sciences can help in understanding and aligning public health responses in order to manage several aspects of this pandemic such as navigating threats and fear during a pandemic, social … Continue reading Using social and behavioural science to support COVID-19 pandemic response
Bottom Line: During an epidemic, healthcare workers have greater levels of both acute or post-traumatic stress and psychological distress. Effective intervention measures have been shown to help mitigate the psychological distress experienced by healthcare workers that are caring for affected patients in an emerging disease outbreak. Reference: Kisely, S. et al. Occurrence, prevention, and management … Continue reading Post-traumatic stress and psychological distress amongst healthcare workers during COVID-19 pandemic
Bottom Line: Low-income countries lack basic infection control and prevention measures such as proper hand hygiene, as well as access to and proper use of personal protective equipment. Reference: Roder-DeWan, S. Health system quality in the time of COVID-19. The Lancet Global Health (2020). https://doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(20)30223-0 Date Published: 6 May 2020 Synopsis: The quality of the existing health … Continue reading Lack of basic infection control and prevention measures in low-income countries
Bottom Line: Telemedicine can play an important role in helping health systems respond to increased demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. Reference: Hollander, J.E. & Carr, B.G. Virtually perfect? Telemedicine for COVID-19. New England Journal of Medicine (2020). DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp2003539 Date Published: 30 April 2020 Synopsis: Telemedicine may be an effective method for responding to the COVID-19 crisis. … Continue reading What is the role of TeleHealth in COVID-19?
Bottom Line: Fangcang shelter hospitals can be a strong component of the national response for handling the current COVID-19 pandemic as well as for any future epidemics and public health emergencies. Reference: Chen, S. et al. Fangcang shelter hospitals: a novel concept for responding to public health emergencies. The Lancet (2020). https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)30744-3 Date Published: 2 April 2020 … Continue reading What is the role of shelter hospitals in the current COVID-19 Pandemic?
Bottom Line: Mass testing facilities for COVID-19 could expedite the resolution of the COVID-19 pandemic. Reference: Peto, J. Covid-19 mass testing facilities could end the epidemic rapidly. BMJ (2020). https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m1163 Date Published: 22 March 2020 Synopsis: There is an urgent need to establish the capacity to perform weekly SARS-CoV-2 testing for the entire UK population. This, … Continue reading Impact of mass testing facilities and resolution of COVID-19 pandemic