Coronavirus COVID-19 Weekly Update 1st February 2021

Coronavirus COVID-19 Weekly Update 1st February 2021

Weekly update published on MedShr: 1st February 2021
Last updated: 1st February 2021

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Weekly Update 1st February 2021

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

Data from WHO Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Dashboard, reported on 31st Jan 2021

Sources: World Health Organization, Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

Data related to 'patients recovered' and 'countries affected' based on data from Johns Hopkins University & Medicine, other data obtained from WHO Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Dashboard


COVID-19 Cumulative Global Cases

Data from WHO Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Dashboard, reported on 31st Jan 2021

Global Vaccinations Against COVID-19

Official data collated by Our World in Data - data up to 1st Feb 2021 at 09:40 (GMT)

Source: Our World in Data

For full vaccination data, Our World in Data state: "Total number of people who received all doses prescribed by the vaccination protocol. This data is only available for countries which report the breakdown of doses administered by first and second doses."


Total UK COVID-19 Cases

As of 1st Feb 09:00 (GMT) - Data for 24 hour period, reported on 31-01-21

UK total daily cases over past month

COVID-19 in the African Region

As of 1st Feb 09:00 (GMT) - Data for 24 hour period, reported on 31-01-21

COVID-19 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

As of 1st Feb 09:00 (GMT) - Data for 24 hour period, reported on 31-01-21

Latest COVID-19 Publications and Guidelines:

A selection of recent publications and useful clinical guidance from scientific journals


Editorials, Research Articles and Commentary:

The BMJ: Covid-19 pandemic and the social determinants of health (Analysis)

Paremoer L, Nandi S, Serag H, Baum F. Covid-19 pandemic and the social determinants of health. BMJ. 2021 Jan 28;372:n129. doi: 10.1136/bmj.n129. PMID: 33509801; PMCID: PMC7842257.

J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth: Corticosteroids for Patients With Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) With Different Disease Severity: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials

Pasin L, Navalesi P, Zangrillo A, et al. Corticosteroids for Patients With Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) With Different Disease Severity: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2021 Feb;35(2):578-584. doi: 10.1053/j.jvca.2020.11.057. Epub 2020 Nov 28. PMID: 33298370; PMCID: PMC7698829.

Science: Broad and potent activity against SARS-like viruses by an engineered human monoclonal antibody

Rappazzo CG, Tse LV, Kaku CI, et al. Broad and potent activity against SARS-like viruses by an engineered human monoclonal antibody. Science. 2021 Jan 25:eabf4830. doi: 10.1126/science.abf4830. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33495307.

Ann Glob Health: Risk of Healthcare Worker Burnout in Africa during the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Debes JD, Quadri NS, Sultan A, et al. Risk of Healthcare Worker Burnout in Africa during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Ann Glob Health. 2021 Jan 5;87(1):5. doi: 10.5334/aogh.3150. PMID: 33505864; PMCID: PMC7792458.

The Lancet Digital Health: What social media told us in the time of COVID-19: a scoping review

Tsao S, Chen H, Tisseverasinghe T, et al. What social media told us in the time of COVID-19: a scoping review. The Lancet Digital Health. 2021 Jan 28. DOI: 10.1016/S2589-7500(20)30315-0

JAMA Netw Open: Association of Social and Demographic Factors With COVID-19 Incidence and Death Rates in the US

Karmakar M, Lantz PM, Tipirneni R. Association of Social and Demographic Factors With COVID-19 Incidence and Death Rates in the US. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 Jan 4;4(1):e2036462. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.36462. PMID: 33512520.


Latest Developments in the News:

WHO Weekly Situational Reports: Epidemiological and Operational


Africa

WHO (AFRO): New COVID-19 variants fuelling Africa’s second wave

WHO (AFRO): Seven things to know about COVID-19 variants in Africa

Africa CDC: MTN partners with African Union on COVID-19 vaccinations in Africa

MSF: Malawi is overwhelmed by second wave of coronavirus COVID-19

BBC: Coronavirus in Africa tracker

WHO in the African Region: COVID-19


Eastern Mediterranean

WHO (EMRO): WHO Regional Director's statement for virtual press briefing, 27 January

Int J Epidemiol: Commentary: Challenges of COVID-19 screening of healthcare workers in Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean region 

WHO (EMRO): Update on COVID-19 vaccination in Syria

BBC News: Covid: Israel to transfer 5,000 vaccine doses to Palestinians

WHO: Regional COVID-19 response: success stories

WHO in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: COVID-19


United Kingdom

The BMJ: Universal basic income and covid-19 pandemic 

The BMJ: Covid-19: New UK variant may be linked to increased death rate, early data indicate 

BBC News: Covid vaccine offered to all care homes in England

UK Government Advice

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK


Global Health

WHO: The Moderna COVID-19 (mRNA-1273) vaccine: what you need to know

Science: Novavax vaccine delivers 89% efficacy against COVID-19 in U.K.—but is less potent in South Africa

The Lancet: Urgent needs of low-income and middle-income countries for COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics 

Nature: How to redesign COVID vaccines so they protect against variants

The Lancet: COVID-19 and mental health 

WHO: WHO recommends follow-up care, low-dose anticoagulants for COVID-19 patients

The BMJ: Support for self-isolation is critical in covid-19 response 

Nature: COVID-19 rarely spreads through surfaces. So why are we still deep cleaning?


Useful Sources for Latest Developments and News

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

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

United Nations: COVID-19 Response

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine: Coronavirus Resource Center

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

Harvard Medical School: Coronavirus Resource Center


Educational Resources:


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)

WHO: Vaccine Series

Science: How do the leading COVID-19 vaccines work? Science explains

Johns Hopkins University: Understanding the COVID-19 Pandemic

BMJ Best Practice: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) clinical decision support tool

Elsevier: COVID-19 Health Education resource center, including the Health Education Faculty Hub

The BMJ: Managing the long term effects of covid-19: summary of NICE, SIGN, and RCGP rapid guideline

Shah W, Hillman T, Playford ED, Hishmeh L. Managing the long term effects of covid-19: summary of NICE, SIGN, and RCGP rapid guideline. BMJ. 2021 Jan 22;372:n136. doi: 10.1136/bmj.n136. PMID: 33483331.


MedShr Open: COVID-19 Weekly Article - Healthcare Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic

This recent COVID-19 Open Article aims to provide a concise overview on some of the innovative solutions that have been employed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to try and ensure the continuity of healthcare education and training.


Research related to COVID-19

Below is a list of links to organisations who are making great efforts to categorise, evaluate and summarise the vast catalogue of COVID-19 research. If you discover any other great resources please feel free to share these in the comments section below.

Global research on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) - WHO Global research database and links to further research catalogues

LitCovid - a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about COVID-19

Public Health Emergency COVID-19 Initiative - PubMed Central

COVID-19 Science Updates - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Treatment Guidelines - National Institutes for Health

ClinicalTrials.gov - COVID-19 clinical trials

Finding the evidence: Coronavirus – Knowledge & Library Services - Public Health England

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Cochrane resources and news - Cochrane



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

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