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Why we urgently need a long-term research agenda on non-pharmaceutical interventions to guide policies and practices in the current and future public health emergencies

Blog entry written on: Randomized trials on non-pharmaceutical interventions for COVID-19: a scoping review, (bmjebm-2021-111825) Authors: Julian Hirt, Perrine Janiaud, Lars G. Hemkens Drastic measures such as quarantine, school and workplace closures, curfews, travel restrictions, and mandatory diagnostic testing interventions have been taken worldwide to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Some of these measures, so-called […]

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Performance of rapid tests for SARS-CoV-2 in children

Blog entry written on: Diagnostic accuracy of rapid point-of-care tests for diagnosis of current SARS-CoV-2 infections in children: a systematic review and meta-analysis, (bmjebm-2021-111828). Authors: Naomi Fujita-Rohwerder, Lars Beckmann, Yvonne Zens, Arpana Verma Performance of rapid tests for SARS-CoV-2 in children There is no doubt that diagnostic testing represents an essential cornerstone of the global […]

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Put evidence production and communication at the forefront of pandemic preparedness, Cochrane Convenes report urges

The COVID-19 pandemic, now entering its third year, has created an unprecedented focus on health evidence for people working in governments, businesses and non-governmental organizations as well as members of the public. The emergence of Omicron only reinforced the need for timely evidence as decision makers across the globe scrambled to guide healthcare services and […]

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