Coronavirus Analysis: Two Approaches To “Second Wave”

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”

Operation Moonshot: BMJ Assesses Ambitious Testing Plans

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

Coronavirus: Key Learnings From Leicester “Intervention”

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”

Covid-19: The Risks of Singing & Using Wind Instruments in Groups

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

BMJ’s Covid-19 Analysis, Research & Opinion

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

Characteristics of people testing positive for COVID-19 in England

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

“Long-Covid”: Impact of long term symptoms will be profound!

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!