Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK, DHSC/PHE (updated 18th June 2020)
As of 9am on 18 June, there have been 7,259,555 tests, with 136,516 tests on 17 June. 300,469 people have tested positive. As of 5pm on 17 June, of those who tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, across all settings, 42,288 have died. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Transmission Dynamics of COVID-19, CEBM
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, uncertainty on the characteristics of a novel disease reigns. One of the most important aspects of these uncertainties regards the mode and circumstances of transmission of this newly identified agent. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: infection prevention and control (IPC), PHE (updated 18th June 2020)
Updates to this guidance: 18th June 2020 - clarification of aerosol generating procedures in the complete guidance PDF and in the COVID-19 PPE page. 12th June 2020 -addition of new operational guidance from NHS England. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection, PHE (updated 18th June 2020)
Recent updates to this guidance: 18th June 2020 - added easy-read guide. 16th June 2020 - added guidance on support bubbles. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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National COVID-19 surveillance reports, PHE (updated 18th June 2020)
National COVID-19 surveillance reports, including weekly summary of findings monitored through various COVID-19 surveillance systems. Update in this version (published 18th June) - added week 25 report and infographic. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Awake prone positioning in COVID-19
Viewpoint stresses that guidelines advocating prone positioning in COVID-19 do so on the basis of physiological principles as opposed to direct evidence. Authors call for high-quality studies to assess the degree to which awake prone positioning may be beneficial. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Delivering evidence-based critical care for mechanically ventilated patients with COVID-19
Review confirms current lack of effective treatments for acute respiratory distress in COVID-19. Authors conclude intensivists should aim to reduce the evidence gap by implementing lung-protective ventilator strategies and bedside protocols based on the most recent data. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Dexamethasone in the treatment of COVID-19: Implementation and management of supply for treatment in hospitals, DHSC
Dexamethasone has been demonstrated to have a clear place in the management of hospitalised patients with COVID-19. Dexamethasone was not used in pregnant women. Clinicians should therefore consider dexamethasone for the management of hospitalised patients with COVID-19 who require oxygen or ventilation. Out of hospital treatment is not appropriate.There is no current or anticipated constraint on supply of the medicine in the UK. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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New guidance for flexibility in postgraduate training, NHS Employers
New guidance has been published to detail how doctors in training who wish to train in another specialty can receive recognition towards the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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NHS test and trace statistics (England): methodology, DHSC
Weekly statistics on coronavirus (COVID-19) contact tracing dating from when the NHS Test and Trace service started on 28 May 2020. These statistics cover: number of cases (positive tests) in the contact tracing system number of contacts identified, and the time taken for them to be reached (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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NHS test and trace statistics: statement of voluntary application of the Code of Practice for Statistics, DHSC
How the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is following the Code of Practice for Statistics. DHSC is publishing weekly statistics about test and trace contact tracing. These figures report on the operational and management information derived from the test and trace programme in England (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Medicines and Medical Devices Bill: overarching documents, DHSC (updated 18th June 2020)
Further documents relating to the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill 2020. 18 June 2020 Added 2 new documents:'How a medical device information system may work in practice'and'Factsheet: medical devices information system'. 28 February 2020 Added 10 factsheets that provide additional information about the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Routine vaccination during covid-19 pandemic response, BMJ
Editorial advocates for routine vaccination of pregnant women and children remaining a priority during the covid-19 pandemic response, highlighting that outbreaks of measles and other vaccine preventable diseases is possible if uptake of routine vaccinations falls. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK, DHSC/PHE (updated 17th June 2020)
As of 9am on 17 June, there have been 7,121,976 tests, with 140,359 tests on 16 June. 299,251 people have tested positive. As of 5pm on 16 June, of those who tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, across all settings, 42,153 have died. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Effectiveness of isolation, testing, contact tracing, and physical distancing on reducing transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in different settings: a mathematical modelling study
Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) spread rapidly across multiple countries in early 2020. A staple public health control measure for outbreaks of emerging, directly transmitted infections involves the isolation of symptomatic cases as well as the tracing, testing, and quarantine of their contacts. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Commitments to share knowledge, intellectual property and data, WHO
The COVID-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP) will compile, in one place, pledges of commitment made under the Solidarity Call to Action to voluntarily share COVID-19 health technology related knowledge, intellectual property and data. The Pool will draw on relevant data from existing mechanisms, such as the Medicines Patent Pool and the UN Technology Bank-hosted Technology Access Partnership. Shared knowledge, intellectual property and data will leverage our collective efforts to advance scientific discovery, technology development and broad sharing of the benefits of scientific advancement and its applications based on the...
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Accelerating a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine,WHO
The availability of a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 is well-recognized as an additional tool to contribute to the control of the pandemic. At the same time, the challenges and efforts needed to rapidly develop, evaluate and produce this at scale are enormous. It is vital that we evaluate as many vaccines as possible as we cannot predict how many will turn out to be viable. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Solidarity II global serologic study for COVID-19, WHO
Solidarity II is a global collaboration led by the World Health Organization that promotes the implementation of serological surveys of SARS-CoV-2. Solidarity II provides a collaborative environment for public health agencies and academic institutions around the world to work together to answer some of the most urgent questions about the COVID-19 pandemic. Understanding the occurrence of infection with SARS-CoV-2 infection is critical for the world to know how frequently infection occurs among different populations, how many people have had mild or asymptomatically infection, how many people have been infected but may not ...
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Solidarity clinical trial for COVID-19 treatments, WHO
Solidarity ” is an international clinical trial to help find an effective treatment for COVID-19, launched by the World Health Organization and partners. The Solidarity Trial will compare four treatment options against standard of care, to assess their relative effectiveness against COVID-19. By enrolling pa tients in multiple countries, the Solidarity Trial aims to rapidly discover whether any of the drugs slow disease progression or improve survival. Other drugs can be added based on emerging evidence. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Use of non-contact tonometry to measure intra-ocular pressure during COVID-19, The College of Optometrists
This guidance has been developed by The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) and the College of Optometrists (CoO) in response to the pandemic and may be subject to change. We advise that, for both primary and secondary care settings, it is acceptable to restart the use of air puff tonometry, after undertaking a local risk assessment and whilst continuing to follow infection control and other guidance related to COVID-19 in optometric and ophthalmic settings. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19 Florence Nightingale Diagram's of UK Deaths, CEBM (updated 17th June 2020)
Updated to include death data in England and Wales up to 5th June 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: Death Data in England Update 17th June, CEBM
COVID-19 death data in England as at 17th June 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Management of patients with musculoskeletal and rheumatic conditions on corticosteroids, NHS England
This supersedes the specialist guidance “Management of Patients with Musculoskeletal and Rheumatic Conditions on Corticosteroids” published as part of the NHS England and Improvement phase 1 response to the coronavirus pandemic. It relates to musculoskeletal (MSK) service provision across primary, community and secondary care and is a pplicable to adults and children. The use of steroid medication is one of the management options for a range of musculoskeletal conditions and in particular rheumatic conditions, and this guidance aims to assist decisions on the use of such medication during the pandemic. (Source:...
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Clinical guide for triaging patients with lower gastrointestinal symptoms, NHS England
This guidance sets out how to manage patients with symptoms that might be due to colorectal cancer (CRC) and to identify those most in need of urgent investigation. It is important that patients with suspected colorectal cancer are able to access care. As such, GPs should continue to refer according to current NG12 guidelines. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Guidance and standard operating procedure: Primary care optical settings in the context of coronavirus (COVID-19), NHS England
This document sets out general principles for the resumption of optical services delivery. It will need local interpretation according to local structures, geography and capacity. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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World-first scheme underway to tackle AMR and protect UK patients, DHSC
A pioneering scheme to provide new antibiotics to NHS patients by offering to pay pharmaceutical companies upfront for their work will start this week. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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High consequence infectious diseases (HCID), PHE (updated 17th June 2020)
Guidance and information about high consequence infectious diseases and their management in England. 17 June 2020 Added Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to the list of airborne HCID treatment centres in England. 21 March 2020 Added explanation of the removal of COVID-19 from the list of HCIDs in the UK. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: background information, PHE (updated 17th June 2020)
Information on COVID-19 including epidemiology, virology and clinical features. Update in this version (published 17th June) - updated global case numbers. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person, PHE (updated 17th June 2020)
This guidance is for people who have been notified by NHS Test and Trace that they are a contact of a person who has had a positive test result for coronavirus (COVID-19). Update in this version (17th June) - added guidance on support bubbles. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP): trends in child BMI between 2006 to 2007 and 2018 to 2019
A report that provides a review of the changes in children's (BMI) body mass index, over specific time intervals (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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First drug to reduce mortality in hospitalised patients with respiratory complications of COVID-19 found, NIHR: Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre
The NIHR-funded and supported study RECOVERY (Randomised Evaluation of COVid-19 thERapY) has today announced that the steroid dexamethasone has been identified as the first drug to improve survival rates in certain coronavirus patients. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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The association between primary care quality and health-care use, costs and outcomes for people with serious mental illness: a retrospective observational study
We examined whether or not better quality of primary care for people with serious mental illness improved a range of outcomes. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Looking after your mental health as we come out of lockdown, MHF
For many of us, the gradual easing of lockdown brings longed-for opportunities (even if at a social distance) – to see friends, play sports, resume contact with family in'real space'or get back to work that we value. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Therapists and patients have good quality interactions during telephone sessions, NIHR: Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre
The quality of interactions between therapists and their patients is as good by telephone as in face-to-face sessions. A review of the evidence found little difference in the interaction regardless of how therapy was delivered. Telephone sessions were shorter but measures such as empathy and attentiveness, as well as patients'readiness to disclose information, was similar in both settings. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Public perceptions of health and social care in light of COVID-19 May 2020, Health Foundation
Results highlight how public perceptions have changed since the COVID-19 pandemic, with nearly 9/10 people (86%) now believing national government has a'great deal'or'fair amount'of responsibility for ensuring people generally stay healthy, significantly up from 61% in 2018. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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UK-led clinical trial RECOVERY shows steroid dexamethasone reduces deaths among patients with severe COVID-19, University of Oxford
Total of 2104 patients received dexamethasone 6 mg daily. Dexamethasone reduced deaths by one-third in ventilated patients (rate ratio 0.65 [95% CI 0.48 to 0.88]; p=0.0003) and by one fifth in other patients receiving oxygen only (0.80 [0.67 to 0.96]; p=0.0021). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Covid-19: NHS Test and Trace releases first figures, with experts calling for improvements, BMJ
Report shows 8,117 people who tested positive had their case transferred into the service in the first week. Of these, 5,407 (67%) people were reached and asked to provide details of contacts, meaning 33% were not reached and their contacts have not been traced. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Aqueous olanexidine versus aqueous povidone-iodine for surgical skin antisepsis on the incidence of surgical site infections after clean-contaminated surgery: a multicentre, prospective, blinded-endpoint, randomised controlled trial
RCT (n=587) reports olanexidine significantly reduced surgical site infection at 30 days; 19 (7%) patients in olanexidine group vs 39 (13%) in povidone-iodine group (adjusted risk ratio 0.48, 90% CI 0.30 to 0.74; p=0.002). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Emergency Use Authorization of remdesivir by the US Food and Drug Administration, CEBM
On 1 May the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had issued Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the use of remdesivir in treating COVID-19. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Economic impact of coronavirus: gaps in support, House of Commons Treasury Committee
This unanimously agreed interim report of the inquiry into the economic impact of Covid-19 has identified key concerns relating to the following groups: those newly in employment or newly self-employed; those self-employed with annual trading profits in excess of £ 50,000; directors of limited companies; and freelancers or those on short-term contracts. The report makes a series of recommendations as to how the government could effectively address these concerns. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Home Office preparedness for Covid-19 (coronavirus): immigration and visas, House of Commons Affairs Committee
The Committee found that excluding care workers and lower-paid NHS staff from the fee-free NHS visa extension scheme is unfair and fails to recognise the scale of their contribution to the UK fight against Covid-19. The Committee has called on the government to address the discrimination against health and care workers in lower-paid and lower-profile roles by expanding the eligibility for fee-free one-year visa extensions to include all NHS and social care staff, regardless of job role or pay grade. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Adult Social Care Data and Cyber Security Programme 2019/20
This report summarises learning from the programme, identifies the key risks faced by provider services, and the extent to which recommendations in the 2018/19 programme report have been implemented. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Beyond the data: understanding the impact of Covid-19 on BAME groups, PHE
This report is a descriptive summary of stakeholder insights into the factors that may be influencing the impact of Covid-19 on BAME communities and strategies for addressing inequalities. The report summarises requests for action, which have been used to inform a number of recommendations. It also includes a rapid literature review. These insights will form the basis of the next steps being taken forward by the Equalities Minister. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19 and inequalities, Institute for Fiscal Studies
This report aims to bring together what has emerged so far about the impacts of the Covid-19 crisis on inequalities across several key domains of life. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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The geography of the COVID-19 crisis in England, Institute for Fiscal Studies
This report analyses how the health, economic and social impacts of Covid-19 vary around England. Amongst other things, it explores which local authorities have residents who are more vulnerable to severe Covid-19 symptoms because of their age or pre-existing conditions. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Psychological first aid training for staff and volunteers
NHS staff and volunteers at the forefront of the national response to COVID-19 across England, can now access a new psychological first aid training course. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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MHRA suspends recruitment to COVID-19 hydroxychloroquine trials, MHRA
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has instructed UK clinical trialists using hydroxychloroquine to treat or prevent coronavirus (COVID-19) to suspend recruitment of further participants. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: Care Homes in England, CEBM (updated 15th June 2020)
Updated to include figures up to 1st June 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: Admissions to Hospital Update 15th June, CEBM
Updated figures on COVID-19 admissions to hospital as of 15th June 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Covid-19: access to out-of-hours palliative and end-of-life care at home, CEBM
Five years ago, the James Lind Alliance carried out research using their Priority Setting Partnership protocol to identify the most important national concerns about palliative and end-of-life (EOL) care. Top of their list was the question:'What are the best ways of providing palliative care outside working hours to avoid crises and help patients stay in their place of choice?'(Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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