Coronavirus – latest analysis, research and opinion from the BMJ

Here are links to some of the best news, features, analysis and opinion currently available on the excellent British Medical Journal (BMJ) website. They offer lots of new perspectives on the pandemic.

Research from The BMJ

Drug treatments for covid-19 Glucocorticoids probably reduce mortality and mechanical ventilation in patients with covid-19 compared with standard care

Physical distancing interventions and incidence of covid-19 Physical distancing interventions were associated with reductions in the incidence of covid-19 globally

Diagnostic accuracy of serological tests for covid-19 Lack of evidence to show tests are effective

Use of PPE against covid-19 by healthcare professionals in China Frontline healthcare professionals who were appropriately protected did not contract infection

Kawasaki-like multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children during the covid-19 pandemic Kawasaki-like multisystem inflammatory syndrome temporally associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection has characteristics that differ from those of classic Kawasaki disease

Characterization and clinical course of 1000 patients with covid-19 Patients admitted to hospital with covid-19 faced major morbidity and mortality, with high rates of acute kidney injury and inpatient dialysis

Scope, quality, and inclusivity of clinical guidelines produced early in the covid-19 pandemic Clinical guidelines written in the early covid-19 pandemic possessed methodological weaknesses

News and Features

Public Health England is axed in favour of new health protection agency Healthcare leaders say the agency is being scapegoated
Covid-19: Is local contact tracing the answer? The national scheme for contact tracing will shrink

Sixty seconds on . . . quarantining  A new campaign calls for people to be able to claim for any lost wages while self-isolating

Work visas: foreign doctors in the US have more than covid-19 to fear The crisis has made visa issues more acute
Pre-purchasing vaccine—sensible or selfish? Are such policies nationalistic—or good practice
Medical expenses leave many Americans deep in debt Some insured people are wondering how they will afford their covid-19 bills

Resurgence of covid-19 in JapanThe government looks set to repeat its mistakes
Covid-19: breaking the chain of household transmissionWe urgently need new measures to protect household contacts
Cellular immune responses to covid-19T cells could be valuable allies in pandemic control

Finding the best covid-19 vaccine should not be a race…and certainly not a Cold War Space Race
Psychological PPE—the space between signposting and actionHow can we encourage staff to prioritise self-care?
Winter is coming—is the UK prepared?This winter, the UK potentially faces a perfect storm

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