COVID-19

INtroduction

 The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March 2020. The situation is evolving rapidly with global case counts and deaths increasing each day.

 Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a potentially severe acute respiratory infection caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of pneumonia of unknown cause in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, in December 2019. The clinical presentation is that of a respiratory infection with a symptom severity ranging from a mild common cold-like illness, to a severe viral pneumonia leading to acute respiratory distress syndrome that is potentially fatal.

 DISEASE SPECIFIC SUMMARY

 BMJ – Best Practice – Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Includes a key summary and overview includes; key diagnostic factors, risk factors, diagnostic investigations, intiital & acute management, complications and more.

Patient Information leaflet – Patient information leaflet from BMJ ( COVID-19)

 ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 BMJ COVID-19 Hub All BMJ coverage of the coronavirus outbreak from across the BMJ’s journals and learning resources. 

 Oxford Covid-19 Evidence Service The CEBM has committed its skills and expertise in evidence synthesis and dissemination to the effort against the current COVID-19 pandemic. This page will be updated regularly.  

Key Links

Public Health Links

Public Health Link: www.pha.site/coronavirus

PHA Health Protection Duty Team 0300 555 0119

For clinical advice

ADULTS
On-call Infectious Disease consultant via Newcastle Upon Tyne switchboard on 0191 233 6161.

CHILDREN
(aged less than 16 years) Contact Paediatric Infectious Diseases via Belvoir ward, RBHSC, on 028 9615 0346 / 028 9615 0347.

GOV.UK Links
COVID-19: guidance for health professionals

Information on COVID-19, including guidance on the assessment and management of suspected UK cases

Coronavirus image & poster resources

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