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Perspective: Reducing Transmission of SARS-CoV-2

28 May, 2020 | 09:55h | UTC

Reducing transmission of SARS-CoV-2 – Science

 


“Is It Safe for Me to Go to Work?” Risk Stratification for Workers during the Covid-19 Pandemic

27 May, 2020 | 02:39h | UTC

“Is It Safe for Me to Go to Work?” Risk Stratification for Workers during the Covid-19 Pandemic – New England Journal of Medicine

 


CDC Updated Guidance: When You Can be Around Others After You Had or Likely Had COVID-19

27 May, 2020 | 02:37h | UTC

When You Can be Around Others After You Had or Likely Had COVID-19 – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

“I think or know I had COVID-19, and I had symptoms.”

You can be with others after:

  • 3 days with no fever AND
  • Symptoms improved AND
  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared”

 


Opinion: Calling Health Care Workers ‘Heroes’ Harms all of Us

22 May, 2020 | 04:41h | UTC

Calling health care workers ‘heroes’ harms all of us – STAT

 


Attacks Against Health-care Personnel Must Stop, Especially as the World Fights COVID-19

22 May, 2020 | 04:40h | UTC

Attacks against health-care personnel must stop, especially as the world fights COVID-19 – The Lancet

 


Video: Personal Protective Equipment and Covid-19

20 May, 2020 | 09:55h | UTC

Personal Protective Equipment and Covid-19 – New England Journal of Medicine

 


Study: Airborne Lifetime of Small Speech Droplets and their Potential Importance in SARS-CoV-2 Transmission

15 May, 2020 | 03:43h | UTC

The airborne lifetime of small speech droplets and their potential importance in SARS-CoV-2 transmission – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Commentaries: Expert reaction to study looking at speech-generated droplets and COVID-19 transmission – Science Media Centre AND Loud Talking Can Spread More than 1,000 Coronavirus Particles in the Air for 14 Minutes: Study – The Science Times AND Simply talking in confined spaces may be enough to spread the coronavirus, researchers say – USA Today AND Loud talking could leave coronavirus in the air for up to 14 minutes – MIT Technology Review

 


Preventing a Parallel Pandemic — A National Strategy to Protect Clinicians’ Well-Being

15 May, 2020 | 03:39h | UTC

Preventing a Parallel Pandemic — A National Strategy to Protect Clinicians’ Well-Being – New England Journal of Medicine

Related: The Covid-19 Crisis too Few are Talking About: Health Care Workers’ Mental Health (commentaries on the subject)

 


Virtual Care: New Models of Caring for Our Patients and Workforce

14 May, 2020 | 09:58h | UTC

Virtual care: new models of caring for our patients and workforce – The Lancet Digital Health

 


Updated WHO Guidance: Considerations for Public Health and Social Measures in the Workplace in the Context of COVID-19

12 May, 2020 | 03:34h | UTC

Considerations for public health and social measures in the workplace in the context of COVID-19 – World Health Organization

 

Related Commentary on Twitter

 


Epidemiology of and Risk Factors for Coronavirus Infection in Health Care Workers

7 May, 2020 | 09:07h | UTC

Epidemiology of and Risk Factors for Coronavirus Infection in Health Care Workers: A Living Rapid Review – Annals of Internal Medicine

 


Meta-Analysis: Psychological Effects of Emerging Virus Outbreaks on Healthcare Workers

6 May, 2020 | 03:47h | UTC

Occurrence, prevention, and management of the psychological effects of emerging virus outbreaks on healthcare workers: rapid review and meta-analysis – The BMJ

Editorial: Covid-19: adverse mental health outcomes for healthcare workers

 


IDSA Guidelines on Infection Prevention in Patients with Suspected or Known COVID-19

28 Apr, 2020 | 04:47h | UTC

Infectious Diseases Society of America Guidelines on Infection Prevention in Patients with Suspected or Known COVID-19

See also: Infectious Diseases Society of America Guidelines on the Treatment and Management of Patients with COVID-19 Infection

 


Health Care Workers Seek to Flatten COVID-19’s ‘Second Curve’—Their Rising Mental Anguish

24 Apr, 2020 | 03:42h | UTC

Health care workers seek to flatten COVID-19’s ‘second curve’—their rising mental anguish – Science

Related: Understanding and Addressing Sources of Anxiety Among Health Care Professionals During the COVID-19 Pandemic – JAMA AND Mental health outcomes among front and second line health workers associated with the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy. – medRxiv AND Factors Associated With Mental Health Outcomes Among Health Care Workers Exposed to Coronavirus Disease 2019 – JAMA Network Open

“there’s a second curve we’re going to have to flatten: the mental health consequences of the pandemic.”

 


Death from Covid-19 of 23 Health Care Workers in China

16 Apr, 2020 | 02:55h | UTC

Death from Covid-19 of 23 Health Care Workers in China – New England Journal of Medicine

 


COVID-19: The Case for Health-care Worker Screening to Prevent Hospital Transmission

16 Apr, 2020 | 02:53h | UTC

COVID-19: the case for health-care worker screening to prevent hospital transmission – The Lancet

 

Related Commentary on Twitter

 


NIH Study Validates Decontamination Methods for Re-use of N95 Respirators

16 Apr, 2020 | 02:50h | UTC

News Release: NIH study validates decontamination methods for re-use of N95 respirators – NIH News Releases

Original Study: [Preprint] Assessment of N95 respirator decontamination and re-use for SARS-CoV-2 – medRxiv

 


FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization to Decontaminate Millions of N95 Respirators

15 Apr, 2020 | 03:38h | UTC

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization to Decontaminate Millions of N95 Respirators – U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Commentary: FDA clears N95 decontamination process that could clean up to 4 million masks per day – Tech Crunch

 


Study: Alcohol-based Hand Rub Solutions are Effective for Virus Inactivation

15 Apr, 2020 | 03:26h | UTC

Inactivation of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 by WHO-Recommended Hand Rub Formulations and Alcohols – CDC Emerging Infectious Diseases

Commentary: Studies: Hand sanitizers kill COVID-19 virus, e-consults appropriate – CIDRAP

 


Study Uncovers High-risk Occupations for Covid-19 Local Transmission

15 Apr, 2020 | 03:16h | UTC

[Preprint] Work-related Covid-19 Transmission – medRxiv

 


COVID-19 Testing: The Threat of False-Negative Results

13 Apr, 2020 | 00:04h | UTC

COVID-19 Testing: The Threat of False-Negative Results – Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Commentary: False-negative COVID-19 test results may lead to false sense of security – Mayo Clinic

 


Updated Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Clinicians

13 Apr, 2020 | 00:02h | UTC

Updated guidance on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for clinicians – Intensive Care Society

Related: Clinical guidance for intensive care and anesthetics AND COVID-19: guidance for health professionals – GOV.UK

 


New CDC Guidance for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to COVID-19

10 Apr, 2020 | 03:15h | UTC

Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Commentary: White House Announces New Guidance For How Critical Employees Can Return To Work – NPR

 


Analysis: Face Masks for the Public During the Covid-19 Crisis

10 Apr, 2020 | 02:58h | UTC

Face masks for the public during the covid-19 crisis – The BMJ

Commentary: Time to encourage people to wear face masks as a precaution, say experts – The BMJ

Related: Covid-19: What is the evidence for cloth masks? – The BMJ AND Covid-19: Should cloth masks be used by healthcare workers as a last resort? – The BMJ

“- The precautionary principle states we should sometimes act without definitive evidence, just in case

– Whether masks will reduce transmission of covid-19 in the general public is contested

– Even limited protection could prevent some transmission of covid-19 and save lives

– Because covid-19 is such a serious threat, wearing masks in public should be advised”

See also: CDC Now Recommends Wearing Cloth Face Coverings in Public Settings (statement and commentaries)

 


Podcast: Reusing Face Masks and N95 Respirators

10 Apr, 2020 | 02:54h | UTC

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Reusing Face Masks and N95 Respirators – JAMA

Related Report: N95 mask can be decontaminated without decreasing filtration efficiency – Stanford Medicine

Related Website: N95DECON: A scientific consortium for data-driven study of N95 filtering facepiece respirator decontamination AND Commentary: New website explains how hospitals can decontaminate and reuse scarce N95 masks to fight COVID-19 – Stanford News

Related Guidance: N95 Re-Use Instructions – SAGES