COVID-19 research briefing 25/03/20

Researchers from across BHP are collaborating to analyse and summarise the latest COVID-19 literature to help inform clinical colleagues. Research update – 25th March 2020 Incubation period: 95% of patients see initial symptoms 4-6 days after infection 97.5% display all symptoms between 7-14 days Of those hospitalised, this occurred 6-12 days after infection. The evidence … Continue reading “COVID-19 research briefing 25/03/20”

Societies with poorer handwashing culture more exposed to COVID-19

Societies where people do not typically wash their hands straight after using the toilet tend to have a much higher exposure to coronavirus, a new study reveals. Researchers at BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham have discovered that at least 50% of people do not have a habit of automatic handwashing after using the toilet … Continue reading “Societies with poorer handwashing culture more exposed to COVID-19”

The development of more accurate antibody tests for SARS-CoV-2 is crucial and urgent

Expert comment on COVID-19 by David Wraith, Professor of Immunology and Director of the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy: As pointed out by Mark Walport, Chief Exec of UKRI, the critical tools that we need to provide long-term control of the coronavirus (COVID19) infection are first an effective vaccine and second, a test to define the … Continue reading “The development of more accurate antibody tests for SARS-CoV-2 is crucial and urgent”

COVID-19 genome sequencing alliance formed with support from Birmingham

Investment of £20m has enabled the formation of a new nationwide consortium to map the spread and evolution of COVID-19 through whole-genome sequencing. The COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium – COG-UK – comprised of the NHS, Public Health Agencies and academic institutions – including the University of Birmingham – will deliver large scale, rapid sequencing of … Continue reading “COVID-19 genome sequencing alliance formed with support from Birmingham”

COVID-19 research briefing 20/03/20

Researchers across BHP are collaborating to produce regular COVID-19 briefings based on the latest literature, in support of clinical colleagues. Led by Kylie Belchamber with colleagues from UHB and UoB (in particular the Birmingham Acute Care Research Group), these updates will be produced on around a weekly basis. Research Update – 20th March 2020 The … Continue reading “COVID-19 research briefing 20/03/20”