Coronavirus COVID-19 Weekly Update 18th January 2021

Coronavirus COVID-19 Weekly Update 18th January 2021

Weekly update published on MedShr: 18th January 2021
Last updated: 18th January 2021

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Weekly Update 18th January 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 17th 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 17th Jan 2021

Global Vaccinations Against COVID-19

Official data collated by Our World in Data - data up to 17th Jan 2021 at 19:10 (GMT)

Total UK COVID-19 Cases

As of 18th Jan 09:00 (GMT) - Data for 24 hour period, reported on 17-01-21

UK total daily cases over past month

COVID-19 in the African Region

As of 18th Jan 09:00 (GMT) - Data for 24 hour period, reported on 17-01-21

COVID-19 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

As of 18th Jan 09:00 (GMT) - Data for 24 hour period, reported on 17-01-21

Latest COVID-19 Publications and Guidelines:

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


Editorials, Research Articles and Commentary:

Nature Communications: Bidirectional contact tracing could dramatically improve COVID-19 control 

Bradshaw WJ, Alley EC, Huggins JH, Lloyd AL, Esvelt KM. Bidirectional contact tracing could dramatically improve COVID-19 control. Nat Commun. 2021 Jan 11;12(1):232. doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-20325-7. PMID: 33431829.

JACC: International Impact of COVID-19 on the Diagnosis of Heart Disease 

Einstein AJ, Shaw LJ, Hirschfeld C, et al.; INCAPS COVID Investigators Group. International Impact of COVID-19 on the Diagnosis of Heart Disease. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2021 Jan 19;77(2):173-185. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2020.10.054. PMID: 33446311.

NEJM: Convalescent Plasma Antibody Levels and the Risk of Death from Covid-19

Joyner MJ, Carter RE, Senefeld JW, et al. Convalescent Plasma Antibody Levels and the Risk of Death from Covid-19. NEJM. 2021 Jan 13. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa2031893

BMJ Global Health: Modelling the COVID-19 pandemic in context: an international participatory approach 

Aguas R, White L, Hupert N, et al.; CoMo Consortium. Modelling the COVID-19 pandemic in context: an international participatory approach. BMJ Glob Health. 2020 Dec;5(12):e003126. doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2020-003126. PMID: 33361188; PMCID: PMC7759758.

BMC Medicine: Allocation of intensive care resources during an infectious disease outbreak: a rapid review to inform practice 

Fiest KM, Krewulak KD, Plotnikoff KM, Kemp LG, Parhar KKS, Niven DJ, Kortbeek JB, Stelfox HT, Parsons Leigh J. Allocation of intensive care resources during an infectious disease outbreak: a rapid review to inform practice. BMC Med. 2020 Dec 18;18(1):404. doi: 10.1186/s12916-020-01871-9. PMID: 33334347; PMCID: PMC7746486.

JAMA Internal Medicine: Comparison of Saliva and Nasopharyngeal Swab Nucleic Acid Amplification Testing for Detection of SARS-CoV-2: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis 

Butler-Laporte G, Lawandi A, Schiller I, Yao MC, Dendukuri N, McDonald EG, Lee TC. Comparison of Saliva and Nasopharyngeal Swab Nucleic Acid Amplification Testing for Detection of SARS-CoV-2: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Intern Med. 2021 Jan 15. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.8876. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33449069.

BMC Medicine: Vaccination strategies for measles control and elimination: time to strengthen local initiatives 

Cutts FT, Ferrari MJ, Krause LK, et al. Vaccination strategies for measles control and elimination: time to strengthen local initiatives. BMC Med. 2021 Jan 5;19(1):2. doi: 10.1186/s12916-020-01843-z. PMID: 33397366; PMCID: PMC7781821.

PLOS One: The efficacy and safety of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 prophylaxis: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials 

Lewis K, Chaudhuri D, Alshamsi F, et al.; GUIDE Group. The efficacy and safety of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 prophylaxis: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials. PLoS One. 2021 Jan 6;16(1):e0244778. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0244778. PMID: 33406138; PMCID: PMC7787432.


Latest Developments in the News:

WHO Weekly Situational Reports: Epidemiological and Operational


Africa

WHO: Africa COVID-19 cases top 3 million, first wave peak surpassed

UNICEF: On the road to slowing COVID-19 in South Africa

WHO: Mauritius kick started COVID-19 Vaccination Training for Health Workers

BBC: Coronavirus in Africa tracker

WHO in the African Region: COVID-19


Eastern Mediterranean

WHO: Health for all is Somalia’s answer to COVID-19 and future threats to health

WHO: Noncommunicable diseases - Digital innovation stories during COVID-19

WHO: US$ 50 million Iran COVID-19 Emergency Response Project (ICERP) scales up nationwide response to the epidemic

WHO: Regional COVID-19 response: success stories

WHO in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: COVID-19


United Kingdom

The BMJ: Covid-19: Data on vaccination rollout and its effects are vital to gauge progress, say scientists

The Lancet Infectious Diseases: An exceptional vaccination policy in exceptional circumstances

BBC News: Covid-19: England delivering 140 jabs a minute, says NHS chief executive

The BMJ Opinion: Andrew Hayward: We have entered a dangerous new phase of the pandemic

The Lancet Respiratory Medicine: NICE guideline on long COVID

UK Government Advice

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK


Global Health

WHO: Access and allocation: how will there be fair and equitable allocation of limited supplies?

Nature: COVID reinfections are unusual — but could still help the virus to spread

Nature: How COVID unlocked the power of RNA vaccines

The BMJ: Covid-19: Norway investigates 23 deaths in frail elderly patients after vaccination

BBC News: Covid: How worrying are the UK, South Africa, and Brazil coronavirus variants? 

NEJM: (A Little) Clarity on Convalescent Plasma for Covid-19

The BMJ: Mitigating ethnic disparities in covid-19 and beyond 

Nature: COVID’s toll on smell and taste: what scientists do and don’t know

UNICEF: Children cannot afford another year of school disruption


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

Médecins Sans Frontières: Response and News Articles

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

Johns Hopkins University: Understanding the COVID-19 Pandemic

UNICEF: Routine vaccinations during COVID-19: What parents need to know


MedShr Open: COVID-19 Weekly Article - Making crowd gatherings safe: how and when can we lift restrictions?

Last week's COVID-19 Open Article aims to explore some of the key public health strategies that have been employed to try and reduce the spread of COVID-19, and considers what strategies may be appropriate moving forward to minimise transmission and prevent the over-burdening of health care systems.


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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