Seroprevalence of IgG and IgM anti-SARS-CoV-2 among voluntary blood donors in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Although our findings resulted from a convenience sample, they match some basic premises: the increasing trend over time, since the epidemic curve in the state is still on the rise; the higher prevalence among the youngest who are more likely to circulate; and the higher prevalence among the less educated as they have more difficulties in following the social distancing recommendations. Despite the study limitations, it is possible to infer that protective levels of natural herd immunity to SARS-CoV-2 are far from being reached in Rio de Janeiro. Available in English. Read More →

Medical care for spinal diseases during the COVID-19 pandemic [Originally published in Clinics, vol. 75]

To guide specialists involved in the treatment of spinal disorders, this editorial summarizes the recommendations of the North American Spine Society, the American College of Surgeons, and the document signed by the Brazilian Spine Society, the Brazilian Society of Neurosurgery, and the Brazilian Society of Orthopedics and Traumatology. Available in English. Image:
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I am having trouble keeping up with virtual teaching activities: Reflections in the COVID-19 era [Originally published in Clinics, vol. 75]

In theory, we have been able to adapt these practices for teaching medicine. However, the title of this text (“I am having trouble keeping up with virtual teaching activities”) stems from a recurring complaint, and it elicits a deep reflection on whether we, professors and students, are capable of assimilating extensive knowledge in a short period while remodeling the entire education system. Available in English. Image: Allie. Read More →

Do we have enough evidence to use chloroquine/hydroxychloroquine as a public health panacea for COVID-19? [Originally published in Clinics, vol. 75]

Although chloroquine/hydroxychloroquine might yield promising results, they should not be announced as a cure by politicians and the mass media, as they have never been tested as treatments for Coronaviridae viruses. Clinical trials are ongoing during the course of this pandemic, yet no scientific evidence has been found to support the widespread use of these medications. Available in English. Image: analuisa gamboa. Read More →

Spotlight for healthy adolescents and adolescents with preexisting chronic diseases during the COVID-19 pandemic [Originally published in Clinics, vol. 75]

In conclusion, spotlight and recommendations for healthy adolescents and adolescents with preexisting chronic diseases during the COVID-19 pandemic should be reinforced for all subjects, particularly for those under quarantine/lockdown. Further studies will be necessary to clarify and to assess specific adolescent populations during this emerging infectious disease pandemic. Available in English. Image: Kate Trifo. Read More →

A company doctor’s role during the COVID-19 pandemic [Originally published in Clinics, vol. 75]

Doctors working in companies must use their technical knowledge to ensure the best actions to protect the health of the workers. Concurrently, they must be aware of the work environment and the production process to suggest the best adaptations. In the current pandemic situation, the role of a doctor in a company has been strategic in ensuring the best health conditions at the workplace. Available in English. Image: Marcelo Leal. Read More →

Social Distancing and Coordination

The social distance critical to alleviate the spread of COVID-19 is quite insufficient. In order to contribute to the literature, “(1) When a rare virus such as COVID-19 appears, when the total level of social distance has natural inertia; (2) Open national public statements are essential to reduce this inertia and adjust the public’s behavior to a new, optimal social distance level. (3) When individuals are not adequately informed about optimal social distance levels over time, national communication is more effective than local communication. Available in English. Read More →

A pessoa idosa domiciliada sob distanciamento social: possibilidades de enfrentamento à COVID-19 [Originalmente publicado Rev. bras. geriatr. gerontol., vol.23 no.2]

Os dados do último boletim do Ministério da Saúde, datado de 04 de abril de 2020, revelaram 10.278 casos e 431 mortes, sendo que mais de 80% dos óbitos pelo novo coronavírus foram de pessoas idosas e que quase o mesmo montante apresentava pelo menos um dos fatores de risco constantemente relacionados à COVID-19, com destaque para as cardiopatias e diabetes. Isso nos faz refletir que medidas mais abrangentes sejam necessárias para proteger essa população. Imagem: Big Dodzy. Read More →

A luta dos profissionais de saúde no enfrentamento da COVID-19 [Originalmente publicado na Acta paul. enferm. vol.33]

Os profissionais de saúde são particularmente susceptíveis a infecção. No Brasil, bem como em outros países, milhares de profissionais de saúde foram afastados das atividades profissionais por terem adquirido a infecção e muitos morreram em consequência da COVID-19. Os dados das equipes de profissionais de saúde na linha de frente de atendimento de casos de COVID-19 mostram exaustão física e mental, dificuldades na tomada de decisão e ansiedade pela dor de perder pacientes e colegas, além do risco de infecção e a possibilidade de transmitir para familiares. Imagem: Ashkan Forouzani. Read More →

Monitoring the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Brazil at municipal and federative units level

We present a dataset containing the reported number of COVID-19 cases and deaths at municipal and federative units level in Brazil. Data is aggregated daily from official sources with the most updated numbers, providing a reliable, free and simple resource for researchers, health authorities and general public. Interactive pages in English and Portuguese are available, containing maps, graphs and tables with all the data. Data about recovered, suspected and tests made are also available for most federative units. Available in English. Read More →

Infodemia, la otra pandemia durante COVID-19

Infodemia es la epidemia de información asociada con miedo, especulación y rumores, amplificada y transmitida rápidamente por las modernas tecnologías de la información y que afecta negativamente a la sociedad. Su asociación con la pandemia de la enfermedad por el Coronavirus 2019 no es exclusiva, porque ya había sido descrita con la pandemia del Síndrome Respiratorio Agudo Grave por el coronavirus-1 en el año 2003. Disponible en español. Read More →

Modelo SIR com taxa de exposição para estudo da projeção de casos de COVID-19 no estado de Sergipe

Utilizamos neste trabalho dois modelos para o estudo do comportamento da curva epidêmica da COVID-19 no estado de Sergipe entre os dias 14 de março de 2020 e 02 de maio de 2020: modelo SIR convencional e uma variante deste, que incorpora o número de indivíduos mais expostos ao contágio do que o restante da população. Disponível em português. Read More →

Maternidade e Sofrimento Social em Tempos de COVID-19: Estudo de Mommy Blogs

Circulam socialmente, em nosso país, imaginários coletivos, segundo os quais a mãe biológica seria a melhor cuidadora dos filhos. Tais crenças têm gerado problemas na medida em que um grande número de mães, que vive conjugalmente ou como único adulto da casa, encontra-se, atualmente, inserida no mundo laboral. Suas dificuldades cotidianas, geradoras de sofrimentos emocionais socialmente determinados, apresentam-se amplificadas, em função de medidas de isolamento com vistas ao enfrentamento da epidemia por COVID-19. Disponível em português. Read More →

Telehealth interventions in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic: Protocol for a scoping review

The current health crisis due to COVID-19 is forcing us to profoundly rethink our social organizations and practices in health. While there is no effective treatment for the virus, staying home and social isolation are the control measures recommended by health authorities. The aim of this study is to perform a scoping review in order to summarize the current evidence in telehealth for COVID-19. Available in English. Read More →

Limitar la exposición de las personas más vulnerables como estrategia para minimizar los fallecimientos por COVID-19

Cercanos al levantamiento de las medidas de confinamiento que se tomaron para reducir la velocidad de contagio y evitar la saturación del sistema sanitario provocado por la pandemia de COVID-19, sugiere hacer planteamientos de cómo afrontarlo, aplicado en este caso concreto a España. Disponible en español. Read More →