Infectious diseases and Pandemics are a threat to the global population. While infectious diseases are localized, pandemics move across national boundaries. Though, conceptually they are different from each other, however, the strategies to respond and mitigate both are same. Health system preparedness, access to diagnostics and drugs is critical. Also, strong surveillance systems are needed to ensure timely response whether it is a localized outbreak or an outbreak that is moving across borders. Communities and individuals play an important role through behavior change and adherence to infection prevention and control practices. The COMID initiative is working towards building awareness through health education, building health systems to better respond to disease outbreaks, utilize digital technologies using machine learning and artificial intelligence for predictive analytics.
COVID-19 Resource Centre (The Lancet)
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For health care workers in the context of COVID-19
The IES Photobiology Committee prepared this Committee Report in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to explain germicidal ultraviolet (GUV) disinfection. The report provides answers to frequently asked questions on GUV and its abilities, with some limitations, to safely reduce the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The report is focused on the potential uses of GUV in healthcare facilities. It distinguishes GUV air and surface disinfection usages, and it emphasizes the need for GUV to be applied correctly and monitored for output and safety, and that training on the operation and maintenance of the systems over time is also important. The document also provides safety precautions regarding residential use.
Recent outbreaks of influenza, Ebola, and Zika viruses have taught us that pregnant women are uniquely vulnerable to emerging infectious threats. Let’s not fail pregnant frontline workers during the covid-19 pandemic, say Elizabeth B Brickley and Enny S Paixão
Last month the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists introduced new guidance1 on covid-19 and occupational health, asserting that for pregnant healthcare workers after 28 weeks’ gestation and those with underlying health conditions “a more precautionary approach is advised. Women in this category should be recommended to stay at home.” This precautionary approach should be extended to all pregnant workers on the frontline of the covid-19 response, including those in non-medical roles.
Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about HIV and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The new resource addresses concerns related to COVID-19
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