Coronavirus COVID-19 Weekly Update 4th May 2020

Coronavirus COVID-19 Weekly Update 4th May 2020

This update will be published weekly on Monday at 12pm GMT and aims to provide clinicians and the public with an overview of the latest data, guidelines, key publications and policy around COVID-19, with links to essential resources and information.


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Global Impact of COVID-19 to Date

As of 4th May 09:00 (GMT)

COVID-19 Cumulative Global Cases

As of 3rd May 11:00 (GMT)

COVID-19 Global Active Cases Map

As of 4th May 09:00 GMT

Total UK COVID-19 Cases

As of 3rd May

COVID-19 Cumulative UK Cases

As of 3rd May

COVID-19 Daily UK Cases

As of 3rd May

COVID-19 in the African Region

As of 3rd May

COVID-19 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

As of 3rd May

COVID-19 Key Data


Source: The Guardian









Latest COVID-19 Publications and Guidelines:

Visualizing Speech-Generated Oral Fluid Droplets with Laser Light Scattering

Published 15th April 2020 in NEJM

With countries planning to ease lockdown measures, mask-wearing may become commonplace. What does the research say about wearing masks and droplet-spread? Research using laser light to measure the generation of droplets while speaking, includes an interesting video highlighting the droplets.

The number of flashes was highest (arrow) when the “th” sound in the word “healthy” was pronounced. The trace offset below the graph shows that when the speaker’s mouth was covered with a damp cloth, there was no qualitative increase in the flash count during speech over the background level observed before the first trial of speech

Source: NEJM


New NIAID Study Examines Immune Responses in People Hospitalized with COVID-19

Published: 1st May 2020

New prospective study on COVID-19, aiming to recruit 2000 patients within 36 hours of their admission to the hospital and follow them for up to one year. By analyzing the immune responses of a variety of hospitalized patients, researchers aim to better understand at an immunological level why some cases of COVID-19 worsen while other patients recover.

Source: NIH

Daily Update by Dr Samantha Goh and Dr Rachel Coles, MedShr Open Editorial Team, Medical Education Teaching Fellows


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