Coronavirus COVID-19 Weekly Update 28th September 2020

Coronavirus COVID-19 Weekly Update 28th September 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 27th Sept 2020

COVID-19 Cumulative Global Cases

WHO official data, reported on 27th Sept 2020

Total UK COVID-19 Cases

As of 28th Sept 09:00 (GMT) - Data for 24 hour period on 27-09-20

Total UK daily cases over past month

COVID-19 in the African Region

As of 28th Sept 09:00 (GMT) - Data for 24 hour period on 27-09-20

COVID-19 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

As of 28th Sept 09:00 (GMT) - Data for 24 hour period on 27-09-20

Latest Developments: News

WHO Weekly Situational Reports: Epidemiological and Operational


Africa

WHO Africa: Social, environmental factors seen behind Africa’s low COVID-19 cases

WHO Africa: Village Health Teams look for COVID-19 patients House-to-House in Kanungu District

WHO Africa: Surviving COVID-19 and fighting stigma in Uganda

WHO Africa: Arua Regional Referral Hospital Medical Team Learns Quick Valuable Lessons from COVID-19 Response

MSF: COVID-19 and Rural South Africa

BBC: Coronavirus in Africa tracker

WHO in the African Region: COVID-19


Eastern Mediterranean

WHO EMRO: Non-communicable disease and Covid-19 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

MSF: COVID-19 outbreak in Baghdad is “very alarming”

MSF: Tackling COVID-19 in Hebron, the epicentre of the outbreak in Palestine

MSF: Ten-fold increase in COVID-19 cases adds new challenges in northwest Syria

WHO in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: COVID-19


United Kingdom

BMJ: Covid-19: Learn from other countries about easing lockdown, researchers urge

BBC: Coronavirus infection: Is there a North-South divide in England?

BBC: Covid: Seven ways the job market has changed for young people

The Guardian: What kind of face mask best protects against coronavirus?

The Guardian: Lockdowners v libertarians: Britain’s coronavirus divide

BBC: Covid-19: Up to £10,000 fine for failure to self-isolate in England

UK Government Advice

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK


Global Health

WHO: Managing the COVID-19 infodemic: Promoting healthy behaviours and mitigating the harm from misinformation and disinformation
Joint statement on 23/09/20 by WHO, UN, UNICEF, UNDP, UNESCO, UNAIDS, ITU, UN Global Pulse, and IFRC

Press release for above statement by WHO: COVID-19 pandemic: countries urged to take stronger action to stop spread of harmful information

WHO: WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 - 25 September 2020

BBC: Covid-19 pandemic: Where are the global coronavirus hotspots?

BMJ: The BMJ interview: Anthony Fauci on covid-19

WHO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic

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


Join the World Health Organization's #WearAMask Challenge

Educational Content:


WHO: COVID-19 Course Series

© 2020 World Health Organization (source: https://openwho.org/)

"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)


Latest COVID-19 Publications and Guidelines:

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


Practice Points and Opinion Articles from the BMJ:

BMJ: Covid-19: The fatal attraction of herd immunity

Abbasi Kamran. Covid-19: The fatal attraction of herd immunity BMJ 2020; 370 :m3714

BMJ: Covid-19: Risk of death more than doubled in people who also had flu, English data show

Gareth Lacobucci. Covid-19: Risk of death more than doubled in people who also had flu, English data show BMJ 2020; 370 :m3720


Research Articles and Commentary:

The Lancet: Lessons learnt from easing COVID-19 restrictions: an analysis of countries and regions in Asia Pacific and Europe

Han E, Tan MMJ, Turk E, et al. Lessons learnt from easing covid-19 restrictions: an analysis of countries and regions in Asia Pacific and Europe. Lancet 2020;(September). doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(20)32007-9.

The Lancet: Projected health-care resource needs for an effective response to COVID-19 in 73 low-income and middle-income countries: a modelling study

Tan-Torres Edejer, T., Hanssen, O., Mirelman, A., Verboom, P., Lolong, G., Watson, O. J., Boulanger, L. L., & Soucat, A. (2020). Projected health-care resource needs for an effective response to COVID-19 in 73 low-income and middle-income countries: a modelling study. The Lancet. Global health, S2214-109X(20)30383-1. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(20)30383-1

Nature: Substantial underestimation of SARS-CoV-2 infection in the United States

Wu, S.L., Mertens, A.N., Crider, Y.S. et al. Substantial underestimation of SARS-CoV-2 infection in the United States. Nat Commun 11, 4507 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-18272-4

Nature: Convalescent plasma treatment of severe COVID-19: a propensity score–matched control study

Liu, S.T.H., Lin, H., Baine, I. et al. Convalescent plasma treatment of severe COVID-19: a propensity score–matched control study. Nat Med (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41591-020-1088-9

NEJM: Phase 1–2 Trial of a SARS-CoV-2 Recombinant Spike Protein Nanoparticle Vaccine

Keech, C., Albert, G., Cho, I., Robertson, A., Reed, P., Neal, S., Plested, J. S., Zhu, M., Cloney-Clark, S., Zhou, H., Smith, G., Patel, N., Frieman, M. B., Haupt, R. E., Logue, J., McGrath, M., Weston, S., Piedra, P. A., Desai, C., Callahan, K., … Glenn, G. M. (2020). Phase 1-2 Trial of a SARS-CoV-2 Recombinant Spike Protein Nanoparticle Vaccine. The New England journal of medicine, 10.1056/NEJMoa2026920. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1056/NEJMoa2026920

Europace: Arrhythmic safety of hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 patients from different clinical settings

Gasperetti A, Biffi M, Duru F, et al. Arrhythmic safety of hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 patients from different clinical settings. Europace. 2020. doi:10.1093/europace/euaa216.

JAMA: SARS-CoV-2 Nasopharyngeal Swab Testing—False-Negative Results From a Pervasive Anatomical Misconception [Viewpoint]

Higgins TS, Wu AW, Ting JY. SARS-CoV-2 Nasopharyngeal Swab Testing-False-Negative Results From a Pervasive Anatomical Misconception. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2020 Sep 17. doi: 10.1001/jamaoto.2020.2946. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32940647.

PLOS One: The association between ABO blood group and SARS-CoV-2 infection: A meta-analysis

Golinelli, D., Boetto, E., Maietti, E., & Fantini, M. P. (2020). The association between ABO blood group and SARS-CoV-2 infection: A meta-analysis. PloS one15(9), e0239508. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0239508


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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