COVID Issues April 2021

NEW BLOG: #COVID19 – Reintroducing confirmatory PCR testing.
BREAKING NEWS: PRINCIPLE trial reports the corticosteroid budesonide is the first widely available, inexpensive drug found to shorten recovery time in non-hospitalised patients with COVID-19. It is now available in UK #primarycare on a case-by-case basis.
Breaking: JCVI recommends under-30s in phase 1 of the rollout to be offered an alternative vaccine to the #AstraZeneca one if it’s available
Follow-up study of 1,395 healthcare workers, of whom 323 had a confirmed case of (initially) mild COVID-19. 15% of antibody positive workers had >=1 moderate to severe symptom lasting at least 8 months (#LongCOVID), compared to 3% without antibodies. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2778528
Ten top tips: Headache after AZ Covid vaccination
Unsure on the latest guidance to help treat your patient? Check out our Covid-19 resources and search for whatever you need: https://pulsetoday.co.uk/covid-19-primary-care-resources/?utm_source=pulse%20social&utm_medium=twitter

April cover feature: The pandemic has compounded already high GP #workloads, while bringing extra challenges including patients’ frustration about reduced services. We look at the pressures your profession is facing

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