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New study identifies characteristics of patients with fatal Covid-19
Researchers have identified the most common characteristics of 85 Covid-19 patients who died in Wuhan, China in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic.
The paper was published online in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and reports on commonalities of the largest group of coronavirus patient deaths to be studied to date.
Researchers from China and the US report on an analysis of the electronic health records of patients with Covid-19 who died despite treatment at two hospitals in Wuhan: Hanan Hospital and Wuhan Union Hospital between January 9 and February 15, 2020.
NICE publishes four new rapid guidelines
NICE has published four new rapid guidelines on the active management of patients with suspected and confirmed COVID-19, and in patients without COVID-19. The guidelines have been designed to maximise the safety of patients whilst enabling services to make the best use of NHS resources.
The first is on severe asthma and says that people should continue to take their treatment as prescribed and only attend essential appointments alone, if possible, to minimise the risk of infection.
The second is on managing community pneumonia. People should seek medical help without delay if their symptoms don’t improve or worsen rapidly, whether they have been given an antibiotic or not.
Another guideline looks at rheumatological autoimmune, inflammatory and metabolic bone disorders and says that patients with Covid-19 should not suddenly stop taking their medication but should seek advice on which medicines to continue and which to temporarily stop.
The fourth provides advice to health professionals on the management of cough, fever, breathlessness and anxiety, delirium and agitation in those with COVID-19 in the community. The guideline on managing symptoms It includes approaches for managing these symptoms such as considering the use of paracetamol in people with fever.
RCP survey on Covid-19 highlights the 'difficult situation' facing the NHS
The Royal College of Physicians has published the results of a Covid-19 survey of fellows and members that highlights 'the incredibly difficult situation facing members working in the NHS'.
The survey, carried out over 24 hours last week, asked respondents whether they were currently taking time off from their normal work schedule or had taken time off recently, if they were able to access testing for Covid-19, and if they were able to access the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
There were 2,513 responses, the vast majority of which (1,932) were from people in England. 21% were in London, 11% in the north west and 10.5% the west midlands. 69% were consultants, 11.5% higher specialty trainees and 5% physician associates.
NHS asks people to share their coronavirus symptoms to help others
A new Coronavirus Status Checker that will help the NHS coordinate its response and build up additional data on the Covid-19 outbreak has been launched today by Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock.
People with potential coronavirus symptoms are now being asked to complete the status checker and answer a short series of questions which will tell the NHS about their experience.
It is open to anyone in the UK to use on the NHS website and in its initial phase the NHS is particularly keen for anyone who thinks they may be dis
Other news roundup
- Prime Minister Boris Johnson is admitted to hospital for tests due to persistent symptoms of Covid-19
- The death rate in Spain falls for fourth consecutive day to 637
- Italy reported its lowest daily death rate for more than two weeks on Sunday
- Barbados and Haiti have reported their first deaths
- Scotland's chief medical officer Catherine Calderwood steps down after visiting second home at weekend
- Tiger at New York's Bronx Zoo tests positive for coronavirus