Coronavirus COVID-19 Weekly Update 15th February 2021

Coronavirus COVID-19 Weekly Update 15th February 2021

Weekly update published on MedShr: 15th February 2021
Last updated: 15th February 2021

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Weekly Update 15th 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 14th Feb 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 14th Feb 2021

Global Vaccinations Against COVID-19

Official data collated by Our World in Data - data up to 15th Feb 2021 at 09:30 (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 15th Feb 09:00 (GMT) - Data for 24 hour period, reported on 14-02-21

UK total daily cases over past month

COVID-19 in the African Region

As of 15th Feb 09:00 (GMT) - Data for 24 hour period, reported on 14-02-21

COVID-19 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

As of 15th Feb 09:00 (GMT) - Data for 24 hour period, reported on 14-02-21

Latest COVID-19 Publications and Guidelines:

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


medRxiv [preprint]: Tocilizumab in patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19 (RECOVERY): preliminary results of a randomised, controlled, open-label, platform trial

Horby PW, Campbell M, Staplin N, et al. Tocilizumab in patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19 (RECOVERY): preliminary results of a randomised, controlled, open-label, platform trial. medRxiv [preprint] 2021.02.11.21249258; http://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.02.11.21249258v1 

BMJ: Early initiation of prophylactic anticoagulation for prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 mortality in patients admitted to hospital in the United States: cohort study 

Rentsch CT, Beckman JA, Tomlinson L, et al. Early initiation of prophylactic anticoagulation for prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 mortality in patients admitted to hospital in the United States: cohort study. BMJ. 2021 Feb 11;372:n311. doi: 10.1136/bmj.n311. PMID: 33574135.

The Lancet: Challenges in ensuring global access to COVID-19 vaccines: production, affordability, allocation, and deployment

Wouters OJ, Shadlen KC, Salcher-Konrad M, et al. Challenges in ensuring global access to COVID-19 vaccines: production, affordability, allocation, and deployment. The Lancet. ePub ahead of print. 2021 Feb 12. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(21)00306-8

Nature Communications: Impact of the COVID-19 nonpharmaceutical interventions on influenza and other respiratory viral infections in New Zealand 

Huang QS, Wood T, Jelley L, et al. Impact of the COVID-19 nonpharmaceutical interventions on influenza and other respiratory viral infections in New Zealand. Nat Commun. 2021 Feb 12;12(1):1001. doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-21157-9. PMID: 33579926.

The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Genomic-informed pathogen surveillance in Africa: opportunities and challenges

Inzaule SC, Tessema SK, Kebede Y, et al. Genomic-informed pathogen surveillance in Africa: opportunities and challenges. The Lancet Infectious Diseases. ePub ahead of print. 2021 Feb 12. DOI: 10.1016/S1473-3099(20)30939-7

Critical Care: High-flow nasal oxygen in patients with COVID-19-associated acute respiratory failure

Mellado-Artigas R, Ferreyro BL, Angriman F, et al. High-flow nasal oxygen in patients with COVID-19-associated acute respiratory failure. Crit Care. 2021 Feb 11;25(1):58. doi: 10.1186/s13054-021-03469-w. PMID: 33573680; PMCID: PMC7876530.


Latest Developments in the News:

WHO Weekly Situational Reports: Epidemiological and Operational


Africa

WHO (AFRO): Rising mortality as Africa marks one year of COVID-19

Africa CDC: Statement on the Efficacy of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine (ChAdOx1 nCoV-19) against the SARS-CoV-2 Variants

The Lancet Respiratory Medicine: Oxygen supplies and COVID-19 mortality in Africa 

The Lancet: Tanzania refuses COVID-19 vaccines 

BBC News: Coronavirus: Africa's new variants are causing growing concern

BBC News: Covid-19: South Africa to reopen border crossings

BBC: Coronavirus in Africa tracker

WHO in the African Region: COVID-19


Eastern Mediterranean

WHO (EMRO): Glimmer of hope: COVID-19 vaccines roll out in countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region

The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology: Effect of COVID-19 on viral hepatitis services in Pakistan (correspondence)

MSF: Monitoring COVID-19 in Herat, Afghanistan

WHO (EMRO): Occupied Palestinian territory and Tunisia notified of indicative allocation of COVID-19 vaccine doses during first half of 2021 via COVAX Facility

WHO: Regional COVID-19 response: success stories

WHO in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: COVID-19


United Kingdom

The BMJ: Growing backlog of planned surgery due to covid-19 

BBC News: Covid: New phase begins after first vaccine target hit in England

The BMJ: Covid-19: Children less likely to report fever, persistent cough, or appetite loss, large UK study finds 

Science: Tracking the UK SARS-CoV-2 outbreak 

The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology: COVID-19 hits viral hepatitis care for vulnerable populations 

LSHTM: SARS-CoV-2 infection rate very high amongst UK strictly-Orthodox Jewish community

UK Government Advice

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK


Global Health

WHO: The Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine: what you need to know

Science: World’s largest COVID-19 drug trial identifies second compound that cuts risk of death

LSHTM: From production to pricing: Can the world meet COVID-19 vaccination challenges?

The BMJ: Long covid: WHO calls on countries to offer patients more rehabilitation 

The BMJ: Covid-19: More young children are being infected in Israel and Italy, emerging data suggest 

JAMA: SARS-CoV-2 Viral Variants—Tackling a Moving Target 

The BMA: Why are we vaccine hesitant in a pandemic? 

Science: Should you mix and match COVID-19 vaccines? Scientists are seeking answers 

Nature: How ‘killer’ T cells could boost COVID immunity in face of new variants 

The Lancet Infectious Diseases: The COVID-19 exit strategy—why we need to aim low 

Nature: Trust in COVID vaccines is growing 

LSHTM: Preventive blood thinning drugs could reduce COVID hospital deaths


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.

NEJM: Covid-19 Vaccine Resource Center


MedShr Open: COVID-19 Weekly Article - Telemedicine and the COVID-19 Pandemic

This recent COVID-19 Open Article aims to provide a concise overview on some of the potential benefits and challenges presented by the increased use of telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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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