As coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, here are some of the latest headlines and resources to help you arm yourself with the best information.
COVID-19’s impact around the globe
- Globally, confirmed cases reach 336,000, with more than 250,000 cases outside China. (The total number of those who have recovered is 98,334.)
- Olympics officials announce the 2020 games could be postponed. A final decision will be reached within four weeks.
- New York City says major medical supply shortages could be just 10 days away.
- Australia will close pubs, theaters and other non-essential businesses Monday as cases increase
Doctors fighting COVID-19 in Italy: Decentralize care to reduce transmission
Doctors fighting coronavirus in Italy, a country overwhelmed by the disease, stress that COVID-19 care should be decentralized, taken away from main hospitals and into homes or mobile clinics. In an article published Saturday, a group of doctors wrote that some hospitals in Italy have become sources of infection, and ambulances and personnel can unknowingly help carry the disease to other parts of the community.
What is the World Economic Forum doing about the coronavirus outbreak?
Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic requires global cooperation among governments, international organizations and the business community, which is at the centre of the World Economic Forum’s mission as the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation.
Since its launch on 11 March, the Forum’s COVID Action Platform has brought together 1,667 stakeholders from 1,106 businesses and organizations to mitigate the risk and impact of the unprecedented global health emergency that is COVID-19.
The platform is created with the support of the World Health Organization and is open to all businesses and industry groups, as well as other stakeholders, aiming to integrate and inform joint action.
As an organization, the Forum has a track record of supporting efforts to contain epidemics. In 2017, at our Annual Meeting, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) was launched – bringing together experts from government, business, health, academia and civil society to accelerate the development of vaccines. CEPI is currently supporting the race to develop a vaccine against this strand of the coronavirus.
McDonald's to close its UK restaurants
All 1,270 of McDonalds' UK restaurants in the UK will shut by Monday's close, the company announced, reports the BBC. The restaurants employ approximately 135,000 people in the UK. Direct staff will receive full pay for any scheduled hours through 5 April. After that, a new UK government aid package could apply, paying staff 80% of their wages. Read more here.
An emergency responder to Ebola shares tips for health workers fighting COVID-19
In an essay for Stat, an emergency physician who fought the Ebola crisis shared perspectives on fighting a major health epidemic, explaining how health workers fighting infectious disease can be treated as pariahs among family and friends and that rationing care is rarely rational (with guidelines difficult to apply to patients' unique conditions). Writes the author, "It will always be harder to take someone off a ventilator than put someone on one, regardless of who needs it most." Read more here.
What does it mean to recover from coronavirus?
While more than 330,000 cases have been reported in more than 192 countries and territories, many survive. The CDC defines recovery from COVID-19 as an absence of fever, with no use of fever-reducing medication, for three full days; improvement in other symptoms, such as coughing and shortness of breath; and a period of seven full days since symptoms first appeared.
In hard hit areas, with the right controls, recoveries can outpace new cases. Some patients will not escape unscathed, however. The Hong Kong Hospital Authority observed that two out of three of its recovering patients had between 20% and 30% of lung function - something that could be treated with physiotherapy. Read more here.