Powered Air-Purifying Respirator (PAPR) use for prevention of highly infectious viral disease in healthcare workers

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Mark-Steven Howe takes a look at a preprint of a systematic review that evaluates the effect of Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPRs)for respiratory protection compared with N95/FFP2 masks on HCW infection rates and contamination.

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Aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) and their mitigation in international guidelines: Fallow time

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Mark-Steven Howe takes a look at the fallow times reported in the recently published rapid review of international guidelines, the precautionary principle and the Independent Action Hypothesis (IAH).

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CBT for health anxiety: should it be delivered in person or online?

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Francesca Bentivegna explores a timely RCT concluding that delivering internet-based (email) CBT for health anxiety is non-inferior to face to face CBT in the short-term. The study also concludes that iCBT is more cost-effective.

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Can yoga help treat depression in people with other mental health problems?

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Briana Applewhite summarises a recent systematic review about the effects of yoga on depression symptoms in people with mental disorders.

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Aerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2

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Manas Dave summarises a recent study on the stability of SARS-CoV-2 and SARS-CoV-1 in aerosols. The findings show that the virus remains viable and survives on a number of different surfaces.

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Global pandemic: how do teenagers and families feel?

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Dafni Katsampa reflects on a new piece of qualitative research led by a 15 year old researcher, which focuses on teenagers’ experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic, and presents a set of recommendations for parents and families that cover mental wellbeing, the importance of routine, exercise and screen time.

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Therapy over the telephone: how does it compare to face-to-face? The answer might surprise you…

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Imogen Bell blogs a timely systematic review which compares the interactional qualities of psychological therapy delivered face-to-face and over the telephone.

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Face masks: Extended use and re-use

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This rapid evidence review was conducted in line with Cochrane interim guidance for rapid reviews and a summary was published as part of the Oxford Covid-19 Evidence Review Service on the 5th June.

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Play in the pandemic

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Helen Dodd summarises a recent rapid review of the impact of quarantine and restricted environments on children’s play and health outcomes.

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