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This modeling study explored different interventions (not involving medications/vaccines) influencing new cases and deaths related to COVID-19 and found that intermittent periods of more intensive lockdown-type measures may be necessary to prevent healthcare systems from being overwhelmed.  The model explored Read More
Published on :  | By Maria Brann

Review: COVID-19, fake news and the role of the general practice nurse

This article suggests that nurses are in a unique position to address misinformation and disinformation about COVID-19. Confusing and incorrect information about COVID-19 is being shared by both traditional and social media outlets. Misinformation, disinformation, and rumors can lead to Read More
Published on :  | By Erika Cheng

Review: Drive-through testing in COVID-19

This article describes a novel drive-through coronavirus testing of possible cases in the UK. The testing site was created in response to the ‘contain’ phase of the UK response, when innovation within healthcare was needed to detect and isolate cases Read More
This study estimated the excess number of deaths over 1 year under different COVID-19 incidence scenarios. The authors analyzed 3.8 million health records from the UK and classified more than 20% of the study population as ‘high-risk’, either because they Read More
This research article presents strategies for increasing public awareness and responses to COVID-19, which begins with timely publicity. Public awareness of COVID-19 varies not only among countries but also within different regions within countries, according to an analysis using Google Read More
This editorial compares approaches in several European nations to triage of scarce critical care resources, such as ventilators. Specifically, it summarizes and contrasts provisions from plans adopted in Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Belgium across a set Read More
Published on :  | By Maria Brann

Review: PPE guidance for COVID-19: Be honest about resource shortages

This letter argues that the greatest source of anxiety for health care workers is not the disagreement among personal protective equipment guidelines but instead is the lack of transparent communication surrounding those guidelines. To reduce anxiety and foster greater trust Read More
This article demonstrated the power of Twitter for world leaders to rapidly and directly communicate public health information about COVID-19 to citizens. By analyzing tweets from Group of Seven (G7) world leaders, researchers concluded that Twitter can be a powerful Read More
Published on :  | By Maria Brann

Review: Tracking COVID-19 in Europe – an infodemiology study

This research article reports that Google Trends data strongly correlates with COVID-19 cases and deaths. Previous outbreaks and epidemics have been tracked and forecasted by using infodemiology metrics and approaches, particularly through Twitter and Google. The data from this study Read More
This op-ed describes ways that existing guidance for rationing scarce resources in response to COVID-19 case surge may be discriminatory towards persons with disabilities and reflect harmful stereotypes. The author cites recent resource allocation guidance from the British Medical Association Read More

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