Two open letters sent to the UK’s four chief medical officers signal the polarisation of opinion among medical professionals over how the government should tackle the emerging “second wave” of covid-19. One group of doctors and academics is calling for segmentation and shielding of the most vulnerable groups of people rather than local or national … Continue reading Coronavirus Analysis: Two Approaches To “Second Wave”
The UK government’s plans to carry out up to 10 million covid-19 tests a day by early next year as part of a £100bn expansion of its national testing programme raise many questions. The BMJ's Gareth Iacobucci examines the leaked documents: What is Operation Moonshot? It refers to the government’s plan to deliver a mass … Continue reading Operation Moonshot: BMJ Assesses Ambitious Testing Plans
Occasionally we highlight an article that gives particular insight into the Coronavirus pandemic. In this case it's the report of Dame Mary Ney’s rapid stocktake of lessons learnt from the Leicester City/Leicestershire experience of responding to a local surge in COVID-19 cases. It is particularly insightful on local authority input into the crisis and the … Continue reading Coronavirus: Key Learnings From Leicester “Intervention”
Singing, playing of wind instruments, and high-volume speech in presentation and performance settings have been singled out as potentially high-risk activities for transmission of SARS CoV-2, following several well-documented outbreaks associated with choirs and performances across the world. These have raised questions about the potential for droplet and aerosol transmission from these sources. A scientific … Continue reading Covid-19: The Risks of Singing & Using Wind Instruments in Groups
Novel coronavirus cases in England have been rising steadily since the beginning of July. However, this trend may not tell us what we really need to know about the pandemic and the most serious cases—or what to do about them, says Elisabeth Mahase, writing on the BMJ website. From 10 to 16 August 2020, covid-19 case … Continue reading The Science of Coronavirus: Case Counting
According to an article on the New Scientist website, Coronavirus is becoming less dangerous. But, as yet, no-ne really knows why. Here's the opening few paragraphs of the article, which sum up the conundrum. There's a link to the remainder of the article at the foot of the page. Covid-19 is becoming less deadly in … Continue reading Is Covid-19 becoming less deadly?
Here are links to some of the best news, features, analysis and opinion currently available on the excellent BMJ website. They offer lots of new perspectives on the pandemic. Research from The BMJ Drug treatments for covid-19 Glucocorticoids probably reduce mortality and mechanical ventilation in patients with covid-19 compared with standard care Physical distancing interventions … Continue reading BMJ’s Covid-19 Analysis, Research & Opinion
Last week, the government announced a major shift in its approach to covid-19 contact tracing in England, by giving local council public health teams more responsibility and shrinking the national Test and Trace scheme - in this article, the BMJ asks local public health officials about their chances of success. The significant u turn came … Continue reading Analysis: Will Local Test & Trace Work
Just released by the Government is this Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, which analyses the characteristics of people testing positive for COVID-19 in England, August 2020 It provides data about the characteristics of people testing positive for COVID-19 from the COVID-19 Infection Survey. We have the "Main Points" plus a link to the detailed study itself. Main … Continue reading Characteristics of people testing positive for COVID-19 in England
A third of doctors have treated patients with long term covid-19 symptoms, including chronic fatigue and anosmia, a survey conducted by the BMA has found. Richard Vautrey, chair of the BMA’s GP committee for England, said it was clear that the long term impact of covid-19 on patients and the NHS would be profound. An … Continue reading “Long-Covid”: Impact of long term symptoms will be profound!