General clinical management, RCGP (updated 26th May 2021)
This resource provides essential information for GPs about COVID-19, from symptoms to diagnosis to protecting practice staff. It has sections on: Clinical assessment and symptom control Documentation and coding Public health and PPE (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus cases by local authority: epidemiological data, 26 May 2021, DHSC (published 26th May 2021)
Weekly watchlist giving epidemiological coronavirus (COVID-19) data for each lower-tier local authority (LTLA) in England. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ivermectin in combination with doxycycline for treating COVID-19 symptoms: a randomised trial, JMIR
RCT (n=400) found patients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 infection treated with ivermectin plus doxycycline recovered earlier vs placebo (61% vs 44% with ≤7-day recovery) and were less likely to progress to serious disease and more likely to be negative by RT-PCR on day 14. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Corticosteroid therapy for COVID-19: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials, Medicine
Review of 8 RCTs (n=7,737) found the odds of mortality and need of mechanical ventilation were significantly lower in patients who received corticosteroids vs standard of care (OR 0.85 [95% CI: 0.76; 0.95] P=0.003) and (OR = 0.76 [95% CI: 0.59; 0.97] P=0.030), respectively. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Urgent community response two-hour and two-day response standards: 2020/21 technical data guidance, NHS England (updated 26th May 2021)
This guidance supports collection and recording of the relevant data to ensure a standardised approach across England. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Organisation testing registration: record of user, DHSC (updated 26th May 2021)
Guidance and spreadsheet to record the details of people you've tested for coronavirus on that day. 26 May 2021Added the record-keeping multiple registration spreadsheet for hospices, extra care and supported living settings. 20 May 2021Updated'Multiple registration upload guidance'in line with the new version of the spreadsheet introduced on 19 May and changed Scotland NHS support numbers to 119. Deleted the previous version of the spreadsheet. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Assessment and procurement of coronavirus (COVID-19) tests, DHSC (updated 26th May 2021)
How the government assesses offers of COVID-19 tests from developers for procurement and use in the UK. 26 May 2021Updated'Outcome of the evaluation of rapid diagnostic assays for specific SARS-CoV-2 antigens (lateral flow devices)'to add 5 more lateral flow devices that have passed 3a validation. 4 May 2021Updated'National technical validation process for manufacturers of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) tests'to add detail on performance results in the'Validated technology'section. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Private providers of coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, DHSC (updated 26th May 2021)
Lists of and information about private providers who have self-declared that they meet the government's minimum standards for the type of commercial COVID-19 testing service they offer. 26 May 2021 Updated the general list of providers. 25 May 2021Updated the general list of providers. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blood and body fluid exposures in 2020: results from a survey of RCN members
Pressures of the pandemic and a lack of training has led to a 50 per rise in needlestick injuries, a Royal College of Nursing (RCN) report suggests today. The authors surveyed 7,571 RCN members for the report. Of those, 15 per cent said they had suffered a'sharps injury'in 2020. This compares with 10 per cent in 2008. Reasons for the rise cited in the report included fatigue induced by the pandemic, low staffing levels, lack of training and safer sharps and sharps bins not being available. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccination status service, NHSX
The COVID-19 vaccination status service, developed by NHSX, is now live. People in England who have had a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is currently two doses of any approved vaccine, can now demonstrate their COVID-19 vaccination status for international travel. Vaccination status is available on the NHS App, by visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus, or by a paper letter which can be requested by calling 119. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Preparing doses of vaccines using aseptic non-touch technique (ANTT), SPS
Aseptic non-touch technique minimises the risk of contamination transfer to critical surfaces during manipulations. It should be used during vaccine preparation and assembly. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Generation Covid: the economic impact of Covid-19 on young people in the United Kingdom, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Youth Affairs
This report finds that young people have had their financial, emotional and vocational wellbeing inordinately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and that a holistic approach is needed in order to aid their recovery. In addition to job losses, educational disruption and financial pressures, young people have also experienced increased family strain, heightened anxiety and exacerbated mental health issues as a result of the pandemic. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Identifying determinants of diabetes risk and outcomes for people with severe mental illness: a mixed-methods study
Socioeconomic and health-care factors explain the higher risk of diabetes and poorer health outcomes, including mortality, in people with severe mental illness compared to people with diabetes alone. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Weekly statistics for NHS Test and Trace (England): 6 May to 12 May 2021, DHSC (updated 25th May 2021)
Experimental statistics on NHS Test and Trace since its launch on 28 May 2020. Includes reports on NHS Test and Trace (people tested and contact tracing) and rapid (lateral flow device) testing for people without symptoms. 25 May 2021 Updated links to interactive map and replaced images in'Weekly statistics for rapid asymptomatic testing in England: 6 May to 12 May 2021'to show the correct graphs and charts. 20 May 2021 First published. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Private providers of coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, DHSC (updated 25th May 2021)
Lists of and information about private providers who have self-declared that they meet the government's minimum standards for the type of commercial COVID-19 testing service they offer. 25 May 2021 Updated the general list of providers. 24 May 2021 Updated the list of general testing providers. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

National guidance for the recovery of elective surgery in children, RCPCH (updated 24th May 2021)
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the cessation of all but the most urgent elective children's surgical cases during the period of peak prevalence of infection in the general population. These recommendations use the most up to date evidence to inform practice that will enable recovery of children's elective surgery.Updates in this version (20 May 2021) Following discussions in March 2021 the guidance has been updated with further details comparing the protective effect of lateral flow device and PCR testing prior to elective surgery: During periods of low regional prevalence ( (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 - guidance for planning paediatric staffing and rotas, RCPCH (updated 21st May 2021)
The guidance below was put together in response to the first and second phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. This information, relevant to the situation at the time, was put in place to help individuals who are planning paediatric and neonatal staffing, rotas and services. We are aware that different services and regions will have varying requirements and hence we are leaving this information live to support you. If a third wave is evident then we will update according with any new guidance. Whilst in the first and second wave not many children became unwell from COVID-19 we know there were many unintended consequences for chil...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

National guidance for the management of children with bronchiolitis and lower respiratory tract infections during COVID-19, RCPCH (updated 24th May 2021)
These recommendations on the management of children with bronchiolitis and lower respiratory tract infections in hospital settings during COVID-19 are for clinicians to support winter planning in partnership with local infection control prevention teams.Temporal changes in prevalence of COVID-19 during the pandemic Updated 24 May 2021 The table below shows how prevalence has changed between the initial peak, 23 March 2020, and now. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Third quarterly report on progress to address COVID-19 health inequalities, Race Disparity Unit, Government Equalities Office, Equality Hub, and Kemi Badenoch MP (published 25th May 2021)
The third of 4 reports summarising work undertaken by the Minister for Equalities and government departments on COVID-19 disparities. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing unpaid care, DHSC (updated 24th May 2021)
Information for people who are caring, unpaid, for friends or family during the coronavirus outbreak.24 May 2021 Updated to reflect the changes to the coronavirus restrictions came into effect on 17 May. 4 May 2021 Updated end date for free PPE offer to the end of March 2022. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Surge testing for new coronavirus (COVID-19) variants, DHSC (updated 24th May 2021)
How'surge testing'and genomic sequencing are being used in locations in England where coronavirus (COVID-19) variants have been identified. 24 May 2021 Updated to include targeted areas in Brent Council, Ealing Council and Harrow Council, and further targeted areas in Hillingdon in the locations using surge testing. 20 May 2021 Updated to include Bedford Borough Counc il (Kingsbrook, Cauldwell and Queens Park areas and the village of Wixams) in the locations using surge testing. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What is the right level of spending needed for health and care in the UK?
This Health Policy paper argues that without at least 4%/year in public health spending, with a similar, if not higher amount for social care, there is a risk of degradation of the NHS, reductions in benefits, increased inequalities, and increased reliance on private financing. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), PHE (updated 24th May 2021)
Advice for everyone to help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). 24th May 2021 Updated to include information on reducing the risk when meeting friends and family. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)
Advice for everyone to help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) PHE (updated 24th May 2021 (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The changing health needs of the UK population, The Lancet
This paper explores the current health of the population and its changing needs, and notes that the NHS will need to mitigate the consequences of COVID-19, and also strengthen its resilience to reduce impact of other threats eg Brexit, climate change, and antimicrobial resistance (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Securing a sustainable and fit-for-purpose UK health and care workforce
This Health Policy paper calls for multidisciplinary working, enhanced career development opportunities, promoting staff wellbeing, pay increases and tackling discrimination to improve the recruitment, retention, and morale of NHS staff. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

European Medicines Agency issues advice on sotrovimab (VIR-7831) for COVID-19, EMA
Following a review, the agency has concluded that sotrovimab, an investigation monoclonal antibody, can be used to treat confirmed COVID-19 in adults and adolescents (> 40 kg) who do not require supplemental oxygen therapy and are at risk of progressing to severe COVID-19. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CHMP issues further advice on thrombosis and thrombocytopenia with Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine), EMA
Healthcare professionals are advised that Vaxzevria must not be administered to patients with thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome after receiving the vaccine and patients should be monitored for thrombosis and thrombocytopenia within 3 weeks of vaccination. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

' Levelling up' general practice in England - What should government prioritise?
This briefing paper urges the government to inject more funding into general practice in socioeconomically deprived areas, as part of its'levelling up'agenda. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 Health Inequalities Monitoring in England Tool (CHIME), PHE
A national monitoring tool that will bring together data monitoring the direct impacts of COVID-19 on health inequalities. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How to talk about vaccines, WHO
This article is focused on discussing COVID-19 vaccines but its core lessons are relevant to other vaccines. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Private providers of coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, DHSC (Updated 24th May 2021)
Lists of and information about private providers who have self-declared that they meet the government's minimum standards for the type of commercial COVID-19 testing service they offer. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Government launches new pilots to further support people to self-isolate, DHSC
Health Secretary unveils new self-isolation support pilots for 9 areas across England with higher coronavirus (COVID-19) rates. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

60 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in UK, DHSC
Over 60 million doses of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine have been administered, with 37.9 million people receiving at least one jab. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccine status drives over one million new users to the NHS app, DHSC
Over 1.3 million new people have registered to use the NHS App since the addition of COVID-19 vaccine status was announced on 7 May. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Surge testing to be deployed in parts of west London, DHSC
Additional coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR testing is to begin in the coming days in targeted settings and postcodes within Harrow, Ealing, Hillingdon and Brent. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Testing and sequencing of sewage ramped up to help tackle COVID-19 outbreaks, DHSC
The innovative programme to test wastewater for traces of coronavirus (COVID-19) has ramped up sequencing capacity to support variant detection. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad, DHSC (Updated 21st May 2021)
How to demonstrate your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination status to show that you have had a full course (2 doses) of the COVID-19 vaccine and access this status when travelling abroad. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccination status: what your confirmation letter tells you (easy read), DHSC
Easy-read version of the non-personal information in the letter confirming that someone has had the full course of the COVID-19 vaccine. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Making vaccination a condition of deployment in older adult care homes, DHSC (Updated 21st May 2021)
We are seeking your views on a proposal to make COVID-19 vaccination a condition of deployment in older adult care homes. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for hospices, DHSC (Updated 21st May 2021)
Sets out how hospices can access COVID-19 testing for staff and patients on-site, for staff visiting patients in their own homes, and for visitors to hospices. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Getting help with daily activities outside your home during coronavirus, DHSC (Updated 21st May 2021)
If you need support while outside your home, this guide explains what you and the people helping you should do to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

PHE monitoring of the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination, PHE (Updated 22nd May 2021)
Data on the real-world efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Investigation of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern: variant risk assessments, PHE (Updated 22nd May 2021)
Risk assessments for SARS-CoV-2 variants. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccines highly effective against B.1.617.2 variant after 2 doses, PHE
New study by PHE shows for the first time that 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective against the B.1.617.2 variant first identified in India. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Excess deaths associated with covid-19 pandemic in 2020: age and sex disaggregated time series analysis in 29 high income countries, BMJ
Different countries have experienced very different numbers of excess deaths. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Risk of clinical sequelae after the acute phase of SARS-CoV-2 infection: retrospective cohort study, BMJ
Data from 3 merged data sources from large US health plan show 14% of adults aged ≤65 infected with SARS-CoV-2 (27 074 of 193 113) had ≥1 new type of clinical sequelae that required medical care after acute phase of illness, which was 4.95% higher than in 2020 comparator group (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Efficacy of NVX-CoV2373 Covid-19 Vaccine against the B.1.351 Variant, NEJM
Phase 2a –b trial in South Africa (n=4387) found the NVX-CoV2373 vaccine was efficacious in preventing Covid-19, with higher vaccine efficacy observed among HIV-negative patients (60.1%) and of 41 sequenced isolates, 38 (92.7%) were the B.1.351 variant. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Quality Improvement Alert Cold Chain Management of COVID-19 Vaccines, SPS
This SPS quality improvement alert highlights the requirements for safe and effective cold storage of COVID-19 vaccines (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid-19 vaccination hesitancy, BMJ
In this practice pointer, authors offer on overview of vaccine hesitancy and some approaches that clinicians and policymakers can adopt at the individual and community levels to help people make informed decisions about covid-19 vaccination. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news