Coronavirus COVID-19 Weekly Update 9th November 2020

Coronavirus COVID-19 Weekly Update 9th November 2020

This update will be published weekly at 12pm GMT on Mondays 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

WHO official data, reported on 8th Nov 2020

COVID-19 Cumulative Global Cases

WHO official data, reported on 8th Nov 2020

Total UK COVID-19 Cases

As of 9th Nov 09:00 (GMT) - Data for 24 hour period, reported on 08-11-20

Total UK daily cases over past month

COVID-19 in the African Region

As of 9th Nov 09:00 (GMT) - Data for 24 hour period, reported on 08-11-20

COVID-19 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

As of 9th Nov 09:00 (GMT) - Data for 24 hour period, reported on 08-11-20

Latest Developments in the News:

WHO Weekly Situational Reports: Epidemiological and Operational


Africa

WHO: Easing COVID-19 impact on key health services

WHO: COVID-19 hits life-saving health services in Africa

WHO: Reinforcing key health services amid COVID-19

WHO: Contact Tracing: A Key Way to Stagnate COVID-19  

WHO: Talk radio, teletherapy expands mental health services in Ethiopia 

MSF: South Sudan: measles vaccinations urgently needed in Pibor

BBC: Ghana daily coronavirus infections jump five-fold

BBC: Coronavirus in Africa tracker

WHO in the African Region: COVID-19


Eastern Mediterranean

WHO: Strengthening Yemen’s disease early warning system during the COVID-19 pandemic

WHO: UNICEF and WHO sound the alarm over 250 000 children at risk of vaccine-preventable diseases in Libya

WHO: Regional COVID-19 response: success stories

WHO in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: COVID-19


United Kingdom

BMJ: Covid-19: Rapid test missed over 50% of positive cases in Manchester pilot 

BMJ: Covid-19: Mass population testing is rolled out in Liverpool 

BBC: Covid: Can mass testing save us from another lockdown? 

BMJ: Covid-19: NHS is placed on highest alert level as intensive care beds fill up 

BBC: Covid-19 in the UK: How many coronavirus cases are there in your area? 

BBC (Wales): Covid: Firebreak lockdown ends as new restrictions begin 

RCN: Be honest about safety risks of short staffing this winter demands RCN

UK Government Advice

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK


Global Health

BBC: Covid vaccine: First vaccine offers 90% protection

WHO (EURO): European Observatory, WHO/Europe and European Commission publish special issue of Eurohealth examining health system responses to COVID-19

WHO (PAHO): Countries are falling short in implementing mental health services during COVID-19 pandemic

Nature: COVID research updates: A vaccine that mimics the coronavirus prompts potent antibodies 

BMJ: Covid-19: US cases soar as Fauci warns of tough times ahead 

Which?: Which? face mask tests reveal huge differences in filtration

Which?: The problem with rapid COVID-19 tests


Useful Sources for Latest Developments and News

WHO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic (including links to regional offices)

United Nations: COVID-19 Response

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine: Coronavirus Resource Center

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

Médecins Sans Frontières: Response and News Articles

BBC: Covid-19 pandemic: Tracking the global coronavirus outbreak

Financial Times: Coronavirus tracker: the latest figures as countries fight Covid-19 resurgence

Harvard Medical School: Coronavirus Resource Center

Our World in Data: Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) - Statistics and Research


Educational Content:


WHO: COVID-19 Course Series

"Real-time training during global emergencies is critical for effective preparedness and response. The COVID-19 channel provides learning resources for health professionals, decision-makers and the public for the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)." (WHO 2020)


MedShr Open: COVID-19 Weekly Article - Current Vaccination Programmes

Last week's COVID-19 Open Article considers the progress in the search for a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), and the potential challenges faced in developing a vaccine at this pace.

Latest COVID-19 Publications and Guidelines:

A selection of recent publications and useful clinical guidance from high impact journals:


Editorials, Research Articles and Commentary:

The Journal of Infectious Diseases: Neutralizing Antibody Responses in COVID-19 Convalescent Sera

Lee WT, Girardin RC, Dupuis Ii AP, et al. Neutralizing Antibody Responses in COVID-19 Convalescent Sera. J Infect Dis. 2020 Oct 26:jiaa673. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiaa673. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33104179.

Nature: Age-specific mortality and immunity patterns of SARS-CoV-2

O'Driscoll M, Dos Santos GR, Wang L, et al. Age-specific mortality and immunity patterns of SARS-CoV-2. Nature. 2020 Nov 2. doi: 10.1038/s41586-020-2918-0. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33137809.

Cell: Elicitation of Potent Neutralizing Antibody Responses by Designed Protein Nanoparticle Vaccines for SARS-CoV-2

Walls AC, Fiala B, Schäfer A, et al. Elicitation of potent neutralizing antibody responses by designed protein nanoparticle vaccines for SARS-CoV-2. Cell (published online ahead of print). 2020 Oct 30. DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2020.10.043

Nature Medicine: A global survey of potential acceptance of a COVID-19 vaccine

Lazarus JV, Ratzan SC, Palayew A, et al. A global survey of potential acceptance of a COVID-19 vaccine. Nat Med. 2020 Oct 20:1–4. doi: 10.1038/s41591-020-1124-9. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33082575; PMCID: PMC7573523.

The Lancet Infectious Diseases: The temporal association of introducing and lifting non-pharmaceutical interventions with the time-varying reproduction number (R) of SARS-CoV-2: a modelling study across 131 countries

Li Y, Campbell H, Kulkarni D, et al. The temporal association of introducing and lifting non-pharmaceutical interventions with the time-varying reproduction number (R) of SARS-CoV-2: a modelling study across 131 countries. The Lancet Infectious Diseases (online ahead of print); 2020 Oct 22. DOI: 10.1016/S1473-3099(20)30785-4

JACC: Registry of Arterial and Venous Thromboembolic Complications in Patients With COVID-19

Piazza G, Campia U, Hurwitz S, et al. Registry of Arterial and Venous Thromboembolic Complications in Patients With COVID-19. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2020 Nov 3;76(18):2060-2072. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2020.08.070. PMID: 33121712; PMCID: PMC7588178.

Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine: Maintaining Resident Social Connections During COVID-19: Considerations for Long-Term Care

Ickert C, Rozak H, Masek J, et al. Maintaining Resident Social Connections During COVID-19: Considerations for Long-Term Care. Gerontol Geriatr Med. 2020 Oct 14;6:2333721420962669. doi: 10.1177/2333721420962669. PMID: 33110931; PMCID: PMC7557236.


Wiley Public Health Emergency COVID-19 Initiative

An open collection of COVID-19 and coronavirus-related publications, and the available data supporting them, from over 50 publishers to support the ongoing public health emergency response efforts (PMC).

Other Useful Resources:

Intensive Care Society (UK) Covid-19 Resource Hub

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust COVID-19 Bulletins - A weekly bulletin detailing the "latest guidelines, research and reports relating to COVID-19"

NHS England: Coronavirus guidance for clinicians and NHS managers

CDC: COVID-19 Science Updates


Weekly Update by Dr Ryan Broll, MedShr Open Editorial Team, Medical Education Fellow

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