Risk stratification strategies for shielding

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 [...]

Impact of climate and public health interventions on the COVID-19 pandemic

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 [...]

COVID-19 and vaccination program planning

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 [...]

Using social and behavioural science to support COVID-19 pandemic response

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 [...]

Post-traumatic stress and psychological distress amongst healthcare workers during COVID-19 pandemic

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 [...]

Lack of basic infection control and prevention measures in low-income countries

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 [...]

What is the role of TeleHealth in COVID-19?

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. [...]

What is the role of shelter hospitals in the current COVID-19 Pandemic?

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 [...]

Impact of mass testing facilities and resolution of 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, [...]