COVID-19 Resources for Primary Care

Prof Paul Glasziou (Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia) has put together a list of resources about COVID-19 for the primary care community.
(Resources uploaded 20 March 2020)

 

What is happening in Australia?

The best summary data - updated at least daily - is currently:

https://www.covid19data.com.au/

Some 10-day data projections are obtainable at:

https://benflips.shinyapps.io/nCovForecast/

For international comparison the FT daily update is excellent (paywalled):

https://www.ft.com/content/a26fbf7e-48f8-11ea-aeb3-955839e06441

 

What should the medical profession do? 

Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) recommendations for public, schools, aged care facilities, etc:

https://www.health.gov.au/news/australian-health-protection-principal-committee-ahppc-coronavirus-covid-19-statement-on-17-march-2020

The WHO Report on China suggests a rigorous but graduated approach: initial emphasis on exhaustive case finding, tracing, isolation; public education on prevention; and PREPARATION for more stringent measures such as school closure:

https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/who-china-joint-mission-on-covid-19-final-report.pdf

An excellent discussion of the report is by WHO’s Bruce Aylward with a video on what China did i.e., lockdown only in Wuhan, other places controlled by public info, test, detect, etc:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/reVadDRwy_A

 

What should GPs do?

RACGP information is available at the link below (especially criteria for suspected cases):

https://www.racgp.org.au/coronavirus

GPsDownUnder (Kat McLean & Wendy Burton) blog posts on workplace strategies:

https://www.gps-can.com.au/covid19-blog/call-to-arms-covid-19-workplace-strategies

https://www.gps-can.com.au/covid19-blog/a-guide-school

The BMJ has a helpful chart for primary care:

https://twitter.com/csheartresearch/status/1236964463246368768?s=21

BMJ blog also has an excellent piece by Susan Michie explaining the behavioural model and approaches for slowing the outbreak

https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2020/03/11/slowing-down-the-covid-19-outbreak-changing-behaviour-by-understanding-it/

 

What should the public know?

Messages on the ABC dedicated page are useful:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/story-streams/coronavirus/

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