Face Masks and Respirators in the Fight Against the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Review of Current Materials, Advances and Future Perspectives10 Aug, 2020
The outbreak of COVID-19 has spread rapidly across the globe, greatly affecting how humans as a whole interact, work and go about their daily life. One of the key pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) that is being utilised to return to the norm is the face mask or respirator. In this review we aim to examine face masks and respirators, looking at the current materials in use and possible future innovations that will enhance their protection against SARS-...
How to resume elective surgery in light of COVID-19 post-pandemic propofol shortage: The common concern of anaesthesists and surgeons10 Aug, 2020The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has stressed health-system capacity and human resources and is about to decimate the pharmaceutical supply chain of injectable anaesthetic drugs, which has already been under severe strain for decades. As most countries are now emerging from their lockdowns, one of the main challenge is to reboot the entire healthcare system and the surgical care delivery in a detrimental context.
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A Rapid, Simple, Inexpensive, and Mobile Colorimetric Assay COVID-19-LAMP for Mass On-Site Screening of COVID-1910 Aug, 2020
To control the COVID-19 pandemic and prevent its resurgence in areas preparing for a return of economic activities, a method for a rapid, simple, and inexpensive point-of-care diagnosis and mass screening is urgently needed. We developed and evaluated a one-step colorimetric reverse-transcriptional loop-mediated isothermal amplification assay (COVID-19-LAMP) for detection of SARS-CoV-2, using SARS-CoV-2 isolate and respiratory samples from patients with COVID-19 ...
The Lancet publishes an article talking about how COVID-19 affects in obesity.Data from France and the UK have showed a disproportionately higher prevalence of obesity in patients with COVID-19 admitted to Intensive Care Units (ICUs) compared with general population data. About 10% of ICU patients in the UK have a BMI of 40 kg/m2 or more, and evidence shows increased mortality among this group. The UK Government advice for those with a BMI of at least 40 kg/m2 is to b...
SOFFCO-MM guidelines for the resumption of bariatric and metabolic surgery during and after the Covid-19 pandemic5 Aug, 2020
Bariatric/metabolic surgery was paused during the Covid-19 pandemic. The impact of social confinement and the interruption of this surgery on the population with obesity has been underestimated, with weight gain and worsened comorbidities. Some candidates for this surgery are exposed to a high risk of mortality linked to the pandemic. Obesity and diabetes are two major risk factors for severe forms of Covid-19. The only currently effective treatment for obesity is metabolic surgery, which...
Therapeutic options for emergency gastrointestinal malignancy in COVID19 pandemic. The role of operative endoscopy4 Aug, 2020
The concept that medical facilities and health workers might be an important contamination route in the pandemic has brought to consequences and attitudes for the population as well for legislators. In the pandemic period, most of the patients requiring intervention for gastrointestinal malignancy are in emergency, no‐deferrable conditions. We reviewed the results of operative endoscopy to treat emergencies secondary to gastrointestinal malignancy during the lock down period in Italy, fro...
The rapid global spread of COVID‐19 presents an unprecedented crisis for the surgical community. We aimed to identify specific and ongoing challenges in the surgical community by reviewing the current available literature on COVID‐19 and surgery and analysing the social media.
The literature was reviewed following the PRISMA statement on PUBMED library, searched on May 23nd 2020, using “COVID‐19”, “COVID 19” with “surgery” syntax.
Social media analysi...
The First Modified Delphi Consensus Statement for Resuming Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery in the COVID-19 Times2 Aug, 2020An article talking about Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery during COVID-19 pandemic.
The purpose of this study was to achieve consensus amongst a global panel of expert bariatric surgeons on various aspects of resuming Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery (BMS) during the Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. A modified Delphi consensus-building protocol was used to build consensus amongst 44 globally recognised bariatric surgeons. The experts were asked to either agree or disagree ...
Nature publishes an article talking about COVID-19 and cardiovascular disease.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by a strain of coronavirus known as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), has become a global pandemic that has affected the lives of billions of individuals. Extensive studies have revealed that SARS-CoV-2 shares many biological features with SARS-CoV, the zoonotic virus that caused the 2002 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome, includ...
Managing COVID-19 in Surgical Systems
Annals of Surgery published this paper about surgical systems.As COVID-19 spreads quickly from Europe and Asia to the rest of the world, hospitals are rapidly becoming hot zones for treatment and transmission of this disease in settings with rising community transmission. Health care workers are increasingly contracting this illness, decreasing the human resources available to care for a population in crisis.
British Journal of Surgery publishes an article talking about how surgeons adapt to new normal.
An optimized workflow is mandatory to restore surgical care to the population in the ‘new‐normal’ of COVID‐19 pandemic1-3. Our hospital was the largest tertiary centre in Beijing that continued to provide full‐ranged surgical care from January 26 through April 29. We have received 99 809 surgical outpatients and 4376 emergencies, and 5378 surgeries have been performed. We herein introduce our mo...
WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 - 23 July 2020
Good morning, good afternoon and good evening.
More than 15 million cases of COVID-19 have now been reported to WHO, and almost 620 thousand deaths.
Although all countries have been affected, we continue to see intense transmission in a relatively small group of countries.
Almost 10 million cases, or two-thirds of all cases globally, are from 10 countries, and almost half of all cas...