Decreased prematurity rates during the pandemic

Three studies in recent months from Denmark, Ireland, and the Netherlands have all found a decrease in prematurity rates during the pandemic. A consortium of 40 countries is investigating this phenomenon further by sharing data. An important question to answer is whether the decrease in prematurity is accompanied by an increase in still-births (currently this… Read More Decreased prematurity rates during the pandemic

Airborne transmission

There is debate about whether the SARS-CoV-2 virus is transmitted by aerosols in addition to droplets. Current understanding of the exact methods of transmission of this virus is still limited. However, while aerosol-based transmission cannot be completely ruled out, the balance of available evidence suggests that it is not the dominant mode of transmission. Klompas… Read More Airborne transmission

SARS-CoV-2 in Iceland

The test for virus was positive in 13% of people undergoing targeted testing, and in about 0.7% of those undergoing screening. In children under 10 years of age, 7% of those undergoing targeted testing and none among those screened were positive. Gudbjartsson et al, 2020. Spread of SARS-CoV-2 in the Icelandic population.

Lessons from Ebola

Protecting healthcare workers – lessons from Ebola Key points of this article: the two most effective methods of protecting healthcare workers are diagnostic testing, and proper use of PPE. High rates of healthcare worker infection during Ebola were largely driven by insufficient or improper use of PPE. A lack of quick diagnostic testing for Ebola… Read More Lessons from Ebola

Across the world

How doctors and healthcare systems are tackling coronavirus (BMJ 2020) A country-by-country description of how healthcare systems are dealing with the pandemic. Closed borders, closed businesses and schools, social distancing, shortage of PPE, medical facilities and health professional becoming overwhelmed in some countries, rampant misinformation, and various degrees of governmental authoritarianism and proactivity.