This report describes the in-hospital death rate of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 in the Veterans Health Administration compared with that of patients with influenza.
Prof. Azeem MajeedMore evidence that Covid-19 is more serious than influenza. In this US study, Covid-19 was associated with an increased risk for most respiratory and non-respiratory complications in hospitalised patients when compared to influenza.
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Even before the covid-19 pandemic, virtual consultations (also called telemedicine consultations) were on the rise, with many healthcare systems advocating a digital-first approach.1234567 At the start of the pandemic,...
Strategies to address the COVID-19 pandemic have elicited polarised debates that frequently
focus on an economy versus health trade-off, and are often divided by politics.1 Evidence
has increasingly been used to justify these arguments, without due...
With school cancelled for much of 2020 and children forced to spend time away from their friends, do they finally have something to look forward to? Sophie Gallagher looks at whether Halloween should go ahead
Prof. Azeem MajeedThank you to @SCFGallagher for asking me to contribute to her article on Halloween. It's essential that people follow the local rules, practise good infection control and don't put vulnerable people at risk. Avoid poorly-ventilated, crowded indoor places.
NHS Property Services (NHSPS) will increase service charges and facilities service charges for GP practices in England to meet Covid-related costs, the BMA has said.
Prof. Azeem MajeedNHS hospitals - £13.4 billion debt written-off and £6.6 billion new funding for hospital beds, ventilators etc.
NHS primary care - meet the additional costs of ensuring premises are Covid-compliant from your current funds.
Researchers from Imperial College London looked at access to free school meals among eligible children, explored the factors associated with uptake and investigated whether receiving free school meals was associated with measures of food insecurity...
While trick or treating is best avoided, scientists say there are still ways to have a spooktacular time
Prof. Azeem MajeedWith Halloween approaching, parents and children will be thinking about they can take part in festive activities without putting themselves or others at risk from Covid-19. Here are some ideas from @LindaGeddes on how to stay safe.
Qualitative Study of Practices and Challenges of Stepping Down Asthma Medication in Primary Care Across the UK
Prof. Azeem MajeedOur recent qualitative study looks at challenges of stepping down asthma medication in primary care. Barriers to stepping down medication were categorised into four themes: (1) lack of awareness, (2) inertia, (3) low self-efficacy and (4) feasibility.