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European CDC on Omicron: “among Omicron cases reported to TESSy, 1.14% were hospitalised, 0.16% required ICU admission/respiratory support, and 0.06% died”.

24 Jan, 2022 | 08:54h | UTC

Weekly epidemiological update: Omicron variant of concern (VOC) – week 2 (data as of 20 January 2022) EU/EEA – European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

 


Opinion: COVID-19 will continue but the end of the pandemic is near.

21 Jan, 2022 | 10:16h | UTC

COVID-19 will continue but the end of the pandemic is near – The Lancet

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


Opinion: Now that science has defanged Covid, it’s time to get on with our lives.

21 Jan, 2022 | 10:14h | UTC

Now that science has defanged Covid, it’s time to get on with our lives – The Guardian

See also: A National Strategy for the “New Normal” of Life With COVID – JAMA

 


Europe considers new COVID-19 strategy: Accepting the virus.

21 Jan, 2022 | 10:13h | UTC

Europe considers new COVID-19 strategy: Accepting the virus – Associated Press

 


WHO’s Emergencies expert group re-asserts stance against covid ‘vaccine passports’ for international travel.

21 Jan, 2022 | 10:02h | UTC

WHO’s Emergencies Expert Group Re-Asserts Stance Against COVID ‘Vaccine Passports’ for International Travel – Health Policy Watch

 


Editorial | Covid-19 vaccines and treatments: we must have raw data, now.

21 Jan, 2022 | 10:00h | UTC

Covid-19 vaccines and treatments: we must have raw data, now – The BMJ

News Release: Editors call for covid-19 vaccine and treatment data to be available for public scrutiny – The BMJ

 


Is precision public health the future — or a contradiction?

21 Jan, 2022 | 09:31h | UTC

Is precision public health the future — or a contradiction? – Nature

 


After Omicron, we could use a break. We may just get it.

20 Jan, 2022 | 09:21h | UTC

After Omicron, we could use a break. We may just get it – STAT

 


10 lessons I’ve learned from the Covid–19 pandemic.

20 Jan, 2022 | 09:21h | UTC

10 lessons I’ve learned from the Covid–19 pandemic – STAT

 


Covid pandemic ‘nowhere near over,’ WHO says.

20 Jan, 2022 | 09:18h | UTC

Covid pandemic ‘nowhere near over,’ WHO says – CNN

 


1.8 million excess deaths attributable to urban air pollution in 2019, modelling study suggests.

20 Jan, 2022 | 09:13h | UTC

News Release: The Lancet Planetary Health: 1.8 million excess deaths attributable to urban air pollution in 2019, modelling study suggests

Original Study: Global urban temporal trends in fine particulate matter (PM2·5) and attributable health burdens: estimates from global datasets – The Lancet Planetary Health

Related Studies:

Internalising health-economic impacts of air pollution into climate policy: a global modelling study – The Lancet Planetary Health

Long-term trends in urban NO2 concentrations and associated paediatric asthma incidence: estimates from global datasets – The Lancet Planetary Health

 

Commentary on Twitter (thread – click for more)

 


The pandemic’s true death toll: millions more than official counts.

19 Jan, 2022 | 08:57h | UTC

The pandemic’s true death toll: millions more than official counts – Nature

Related:

We can be confident there have been far more than 5 million global Covid deaths – “Estimating ‘excess’ fatalities, a more robust analysis method, puts the pandemic’s grim toll between 10m and 19m people”.

Global Covid-19 deaths surpass five million.

Effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on life expectancy and premature mortality in 2020 – this time series analysis showed there were more than 28 million excess years of life lost in 2020 in 31 countries.

Under-reporting of deaths limits our understanding of true burden of covid-19.

Study shows COVID-19 has caused the biggest decrease in life expectancy since World War II.

Just how do deaths due to COVID-19 stack up?

Tracking excess mortality across countries during the COVID-19 pandemic with the World Mortality Dataset.

Exploring the gap between excess mortality and COVID-19 deaths in 67 countries.

Report: Three new estimates of India’s all-cause excess mortality during the COVID-19 Pandemic – pandemic death toll estimated to be between 3.4 million and 4.9 million excess deaths.

COVID-19 has caused 6.9 million deaths globally, more than double what official reports show

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


Opinion: The COVID-Risk social contract is under negotiation.

19 Jan, 2022 | 08:48h | UTC

The COVID-Risk Social Contract Is Under Negotiation – The Atlantic (a few articles per month are free)

 


Opinion: The world won’t be able to boost its way out of the coronavirus pandemic.

19 Jan, 2022 | 08:47h | UTC

The world won’t be able to boost its way out of the coronavirus pandemic – Politico

 


WHO says there’s no evidence healthy children and adolescents need Covid boosters.

19 Jan, 2022 | 08:46h | UTC

WHO says there’s no evidence healthy children and adolescents need Covid boosters – CNBC

 


Fact check: The theory that SARS-CoV-2 is becoming milder.

19 Jan, 2022 | 08:44h | UTC

Fact check: The theory that SARS-CoV-2 is becoming milder – NPR

 


Study raises doubts about rapid Covid tests’ reliability in early days after infection.

18 Jan, 2022 | 09:51h | UTC

Study raises doubts about rapid Covid tests’ reliability in early days after infection – STAT

Original Article (preprint): Discordant SARS-CoV-2 PCR and Rapid Antigen Test Results When Infectious: A December 2021 Occupational Case Series – medRxiv

 


Time to upgrade from cloth and surgical masks to respirators? Your questions answered.

18 Jan, 2022 | 09:48h | UTC

Time to upgrade from cloth and surgical masks to respirators? Your questions answered – The Conversation

See also: The CDC updated its mask guidelines. What to know about ‘the highest level of protection’ – CNN

Related: CDC urges Americans to wear most-protective mask or respirator that fits well and that they’ll wear consistently.

 


Rise of the preprint: how rapid data sharing during COVID-19 has changed science forever.

17 Jan, 2022 | 00:45h | UTC

Rise of the preprint: how rapid data sharing during COVID-19 has changed science forever – Nature Medicine

 


Is Covax finally going to vaccinate the world?

17 Jan, 2022 | 00:29h | UTC

Is Covax finally going to vaccinate the world? – Vox

Related:

How Covax failed on its promise to vaccinate the world – “Covax, described as “naively ambitious” by one expert, has contributed just 5% of all vaccines administered globally”.

Perspective | A beautiful idea: how COVAX has fallen short.

WHO Launches Strategy to Achieve Global Covid-19 Vaccination by mid-2022.

WHO special envoys: To beat Covid, there’s a simple lesson – no one’s safe until everyone’s safe.

Joint COVAX Statement on the Equal Recognition of Vaccines – COVAX urges all government authorities to recognize as fully vaccinated all people who have received COVID-19 vaccines that have been deemed safe and effective by WHO.

WHO COVAX Joint Statement: Call to action to equip COVAX to deliver 2 billion doses in 2021.

Covax: How will Covid vaccines be shared around the world?

 


Opinion: Omicron represents a new kind of epidemic – we must keep up.

17 Jan, 2022 | 00:28h | UTC

Omicron represents a new kind of epidemic – we must keep up – The Guardian

 


New UK Guidance: Self-isolation for those with COVID-19 can end after 5 full days following 2 negative rapid lateral flow tests – “The default self-isolation period continues to be 10 days, and you may only leave self-isolation early if you have taken 2 rapid lateral flow tests and do not have a temperature in line with guidance”.

14 Jan, 2022 | 08:48h | UTC

Self-isolation for those with COVID-19 can end after 5 full days following 2 negative LFD tests – Department of Health and Social Care

 

Commentary on Twitter (thread – click for more)

 


Perspective: Omicron is forcing us to rethink mild COVID.

14 Jan, 2022 | 08:30h | UTC

Omicron Is Forcing Us to Rethink Mild COVID – The Atlantic

 


5 reasons you should not deliberately catch Omicron to ‘get it over with’.

14 Jan, 2022 | 08:29h | UTC

5 reasons you should not deliberately catch Omicron to ‘get it over with’ – CNN

 


Mapping the unvaccinated world – “If landmass reflected the number of unvaccinated people, this is what the world would look like”.

14 Jan, 2022 | 08:26h | UTC

Mapping the unvaccinated world – Pandemic

 


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