Latest guidance for the general public.
New guidance for households with possible COVID-19 infection. [Online]: Department of Health and Social Care [and] Public Health England, March 17th 2020.
In less than three months the impact of COVID-19 appears to have changed the history of civilisation (briefly at least).
Local Coronavirus Tracking
A quick online checker indicating the spread of this infection locally, from BBC News:
Coronavirus in UK: How many confirmed cases are there in your area? London: BBC Health News, March 19th 2020.
WHO COVID-19 International Tracking Dashboard
The World Health Organisation has created the WHO Tracking Dashboard showing the numbers of confirmed cases, and fatalities, in countries affected by COVID-19.
Social distancing may be needed for ‘most of year’. London: BBC Health News, March 20th 2020.
Coronavirus: Six months before UK ‘returns to normal’ – deputy chief medical officer. London: BBC Health News, March 29th 2020.
SCIE: Advice for Social Care
Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for social care. [Online]: Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), March 2020.
There is a SCIE COVID-19 Hub offering Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for social care.
Patient Information on the Coronavirus Pandemic: Basic Advice For the Public in Other Languages
Doctors of the World has made available patient information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) offering basic advice, based on NHS guidance, in 34 languages; produced in partnership with the British Red Cross, Migrant Help and Clear Voice.
NHS England’s Guidance for Clinicians and NHS Managers
Coronavirus guidance for clinicians and NHS managers. [Online]: NHS England, March 26th 2020.
Mental Wellbeing: Apps For NHS Staff
NHS staff have free access to wellbeing apps (until the end of December 2020), to support their mental health and wellbeing. These include:
- Unmind: a mental health platform for staff, to improve their mental wellbeing.
- Headspace: a science-based app for mindfulness and meditation,
- Sleepio: an evidence-based sleep improvement programme, using cognitive behavioural techniques to improve poor sleep.
- Daylight: a smartphone-based app which helps staff experiencing worry and anxiety.
Free access to wellbeing apps for all NHS staff. [Online]: NHS Employers, March 26th 2020.
Roberts, M. (2020). Coronavirus: Why the UK death count is an inexact science. London: BBC Health News, March 31st 2020.
Online Questionnaire Feeds NHS Datasets to Inform Decision Makers
NHS England, NHSX and NHS Digital have developed the Coronavirus Status Checker.
NHS COVID-19 symptom checker launched to help build up additional data. [Online]: HTN: Health Tech Newspaper, April 4th 2020.
The Potential Mental Health Impact of COVID-19-Associated Social Isolation
Self-isolation and social distancing reduce the risks of infection transmission, but the potential side-effects for mental wellbeing, perhaps particularly among the elderly, should not be overlooked.
Psychological impact of the response to coronavirus Covid-19 on older people. Leicester: British Psychological Society; Faculty of the Psychology of Older People (FPOP), March 2020.
Further developments in BPS/FPOP advice:
Supporting older people and people living with dementia during self-isolation. A compassionate response to COVID-19. Leicester: British Psychological Society; Faculty of the Psychology of Older People (FPOP), April 2020.
Practical considerations of a general nature from a GP’s perspective:
Rout, N. (2020). Risks to the elderly during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic 2019-2020. Journal of Geriatric Care and Research (JGCR). May 2020, Vol.7(1): pp.27-28.
A related article, with an international perspective:
Girdhar, R. Srivastava, V. [and] Sethi, S. (2020). Managing mental health issues among elderly during Covid-19 pandemic. Journal of Geriatric Care and Research (JGCR). May 2020, Vol.7(1): pp.32-35.
A related JGCR editorial:
Kar N. (2020). COVID-19 and older adults: in the face of a global disaster. Journal of Geriatric Care and Research (JGCR). May 2020, Vol.7(1): 1-2.
NHS Volunteer Responders
The NHS Volunteer Responders scheme opens for self-referrals.
Vulnerable people get direct line to NHS volunteer army. [Online]: NHS England, April 23rd 2020.
Palliative Care Advice in Secondary Care
Clinical guide for the management of palliative care in secondary care during the coronavirus pandemic, Version 2. Keeping the care in healthcare. London: NHS England, April 22nd 2020.
NHS England and NHS Improvement’s weekly COVID-19 community health, hospital discharge and social care updates are available from here:
Community health, hospital discharge and social care weekly update. [Online]: NHS England [and] NHS Improvement, April 2020.