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.

Undocumented Infections

Li et al, 2020. Substantial undocumented infection facilitates rapid dissemination A modeling study using data from China estimated that in around 80% of all confirmed cases of covid-19 infection, the infection was acquired from a person who had an undocumented infection. Overall, around 86% of infections were undocumented. A high number of people with undocumented… Read More Undocumented Infections

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.