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Seven days in medicine: 28 July to 3 August 2021

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: (Published 05 August 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n1928


Delta is worse for unvaccinated pregnant women

Doctors and midwives reiterated their call for pregnant women to get vaccinated against covid-19, as the UK Obstetric Surveillance System has found that this group seems to be becoming more seriously ill as the pandemic progresses. Nearly half (45%) of pregnant women admitted to hospital with the delta variant had moderate or severe disease, which compares with 24% admitted in the first wave and 36% with the alpha variant. Of 742 pregnant women admitted with covid symptoms since 1 February 2021 only four had received a single dose of vaccine and none had received both doses.

Myopia incidence rises in Hong Kong’s children

Researchers estimated that the incidence of myopia among 6-8 year olds in Hong Kong had increased from around 16% before the pandemic to around 27% in January to August 2020,1 which coincided with a reduction in the time children spent outdoors from around 75 to 24 minutes a day and an increase in screen time from around 2.5 to seven hours a day. They described their findings, published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, as “alarming” and warned of the need “to prevent childhood myopia, a potential public health crisis as a result of covid-19.”


NICE issues guidance on VITT care pathway

Patients who are acutely unwell with suspected vaccine induced immune thrombocytopenia and thrombosis (VITT) should be …

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