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Research from The BMJ FreeUpdated 28 May

Scope, quality, and inclusivity of clinical guidelines produced early in the covid-19 pandemic

Clinical guidelines written in the early covid-19 pandemic possessed methodological weaknesses

Features of 20 133 patients in hospital with covid-19 using the ISARIC WHO Clinical Characterisation Protocol

Obesity, chronic kidney disease, and liver disease were associated with increased hospital mortality

Factors associated with hospital admission and critical illness

Age, heart failure, male sex, chronic kidney disease, and obesity were associated with development of critical illness

Incidence, clinical outcomes, and transmission dynamics of severe coronavirus disease 2019

The probabilities of ICU admission, of long hospital stay, and of mortality were identified to be high in this study

Hydroxychloroquine in patients with mainly mild to moderate covid-19

Hydroxychloroquine did not help patients clear the virus more quickly than standard care

Psychological effects of emerging virus outbreaks on healthcare workers

What can we learn from previous outbreaks about how to mitigate psychological distress

Prediction models for diagnosis and prognosis of covid-19 infection

Existing prediction models are poorly reported, at high risk of bias, and their reported performance is probably optimistic

Viral load dynamics and disease severity in patients infected with SARS-CoV-2

Patients with severe disease showed longer duration of SARS-CoV-2 in respiratory samples, higher viral load, and a later shedding peak

Use of all cause mortality to quantify the consequences of covid-19

All cause mortality represents an important metric to quantify the burden of a pandemic

Latest from The BMJ FreeUpdated 28 May

News and Features

Physician Moms Group: the support network that’s needed more than ever

The Facebook group is a major support network for doctors all over the world

Anosmia: Five minutes with ENT consultant Claire Hopkins

Surgeon offers advice to doctors seeing patients

Deadline for roll out of UK’s tracing app will be missed

The future of the UK’s covid-19 contact tracing app seems uncertain

Public health must be “at the core” of global recovery plans, say doctors

Global health leaders have urged governments to put public health “at the core” of economic recovery

PPE: what now for the global supply chain?

Covid-19 has turned the spotlight on healthcare supply chains, challenging 30 years of ever growing globalisation

Delaying school reopening by two weeks would halve risks to children, says iSAGE

New report by Independent SAGE advises school reopening should be delayed


Public inquiry into UK’s response to covid-19

A rapid, transparent review is needed before a second wave

Covid-19 and alcohol—a dangerous cocktail

Tackling alcohol harms must be an integral part of the nation’s recovery

Covid-19 care before, during, and beyond the hospital

It’s time to shift the research focus to studies on living with this disease


Less privileged in society are suffering the brunt of the damage

We need to look after ourselves and each other

We must learn from the experiences of people who have had covid-19

Don’t forget that behind every study and statistic is a person

Some good must come out of covid-19

On returning to normality, we must learn and retain positive interventions

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