Lung function testing in the COVID-19 endemic

Publication date: Available online 29 May 2020Source: The Lancet Respiratory MedicineAuthor(s): James H Hull, Julie K Lloyd, Brendan G Cooper
Source: The Lancet Respiratory Medicine - Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: research

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In the 20th century, the development, licensing and implementation of vaccines as part of large, systematic immunization programs started to address health inequities that existed globally. However, at the time of writing, access to vaccines that prevent life-threatening infectious diseases remains unequal to all infants, children and adults in the world. This is a problem that many individuals and agencies are working hard to address globally. As clinicians and biomedical scientists we often focus on the health benefits that vaccines provide, in the prevention of ill-health and death from infectious pathogens. Here we dis...
Source: Frontiers in Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: The sensitivity of additional chest CT is fairly high. However, a negative result does not exclude COVID-19. The positive predictive value is poor. Correlation of chest CT results with epidemiologic history and clinical presentation, along with real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction, is needed for confirmation.
Source: American Journal of Neuroradiology - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: ADULT BRAIN Source Type: research
AbstractCOVID-19 has infected more than 2 million people in the world in less than 5  months outbreak. Chest imaging is recommended for triage of suspected cases of COVID-19 with moderate-severe clinical features and high pre-test probability of disease, and may help for patient follow-up and to identify patients at higher risk of disease worsening. This pictorial essay illustrates typical and uncommon imaging findings of COVID-19 pneumonia and the role of imaging for patient management.
Source: Emergency Radiology - Category: Emergency Medicine Source Type: research
[Capital FM] Nairobi -- The country's coronavirus case fatality rate has fallen to 2.03 per cent marking the lowest rate recorded since the outbreak of the contagion which the World Health Organization has labeled as potentially endemic.
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - Category: African Health Source Type: news
(Author's note: this article was originallypublished on LinkedIn on June 30, 2020)In these days of the globally devastating COVID-19 pandemic and the powerfully burgeoning Black Lives Matter movement, two crucial moments in human history are coalescing on the world stage in a striking overlapping pattern that seems unprecedented in scope.Racial disparities and the pandemic are hardly mutually exclusive, and the coexisting pandemic of police brutality against communities of color is not at all separate from the socioeconomic inequalities that are, to a large extent, exacerbated and informed by the egregious systemic targeti...
Source: Digital Doorway - Category: Nursing Tags: racism Source Type: blogs
Routine screening CT for the identification of COVID-19 pneumonia is currently not recommended by most radiology societies. However, the number of CTs performed in persons under investigation (PUI) for COVID-19 has increased. We also anticipate that some patients will have incidentally detected findings that could be attributable to COVID-19 pneumonia, requiring radiologists to decide whether or not to mention COVID-19 specifically as a differential diagnostic possibility. We aim to provide guidance to radiologists in reporting CT findings potentially attributable to COVID-19 pneumonia, including standardized language to r...
Source: Journal of Thoracic Imaging - Category: Radiology Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
The Academy identified six Principles for reintroducing healthcare services to be used as an aid to promote safe and effective healthcare as we move into the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, that of beginning to recover and restore life in general as well as health and care services. The delivery of care will, undoubtedly, become more difficult with more conflicting demands and added pressures. The concentration of medical resources to accommodate Covid cases has moved to a gradual restoration of more complex planned care in an endemic situation with a backlog of people needing interventions and new ways of delivering ...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
The Academy identified six Principles for reintroducing healthcare services to be used as an aid to promote safe and effective healthcare as we move into the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, that of beginning to recover and restore life in general as well as health and care services. The delivery of care will, undoubtedly, become more difficult with more conflicting demands and added pressures. The concentration of medical resources to accommodate Covid cases has moved to a gradual restoration of more complex planned care in an endemic situation with a backlog of people needing interventions and new ways of delivering ...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
[The Conversation Africa] Ebola, a viral haemorrhagic fever of humans and other primates, has become endemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The country has had 10 outbreaks in 40 years and has recently declared the 11th.
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - Category: African Health Source Type: news
[The Conversation Africa] Ebola, a viral haemorrhagic fever of humans and other primates, has become endemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The country has had 10 outbreaks in 40 years and has recently declared the 11th.
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - Category: African Health Source Type: news
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