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COVID-19 conference Highlights: Much liked global transmission, borderless exchange of information, ideas, experiences crucially important

COVID-19 conference Highlights: Much liked global transmission, borderless exchange of information, ideas, experiences crucially important

tech2 News Staff July 27, 2020 11:00:28 IST
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COVID-19 conference Highlights: Much liked global transmission, borderless exchange of information, ideas, experiences crucially important

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July 27, 2020 - 22:59 (IST)

The conference is now at it's close. Prof Kirby concludes the webinar with a thanks to all the participants. He adds that the organisers look forward to putting together another edition of a COVID-19 conference in the near future. 

"Stay healthy, keep fit, and see if you can keep that virus at bay," he said, signing off.

July 27, 2020 - 22:51 (IST)

The most basic prevention tools – handwashing, masks, and physical distancing – have save thousands if not millions of lives, and can't be emphasised enough, says Dr Charles Powell. Much like the international nature of the pandemic, which hasn't had any borders for transmission, the exchange of information and ideas and experiences globally is crucial.

It has vastly improved the quality of care and approached to addressing the pandemic, he adds, and should be ramped up.

July 27, 2020 - 22:47 (IST)

Out politicians need to think very hard about public health strategies both during and after the pandemic. For now, preventing the infectious disease pandemic is going to make a difference, but in the long-term, public systems need to prioritise prevention, says Professor Sian Griffiths. A good place to start, she says, echoing Prof Reddy, common comorbid conditions.

July 27, 2020 - 22:43 (IST)

As long as more vaccine distribution programs come into play, with the number of trials underway, there will be quicker and relatively equitable access to a working vaccine even in middle- and low-income countries, Professor Shattock.

July 27, 2020 - 22:41 (IST)

Access to vaccine is definitely going to be an issue globally. Those with money are going to spread their bets wide, and boost their odds of access more, and sooner. But middle- and low-income countries will benefit from a vaccine much later, says Professor Robin Shattock.

July 27, 2020 - 22:40 (IST)

Uganda has partnered in many vaccine research projects – with London and Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp – because we're not sure when a vaccine will reach us. 

July 27, 2020 - 22:37 (IST)

The situation in Uganda is a little unusual, says Dr Monica Musenero, Assistant Commissioner (Epidemiology and Surveillance) at the Ugandan Ministry of Health. We have seen the epidemic slowly develop, because we implemented the lockdown early, and cases are still unravelling, and we learned early to use prevention as the best policy. Lockdown before cases started, worked to our advantage, particularly considering health systems are not very advanced.

July 27, 2020 - 22:33 (IST)

Going back a few decades, it took us many years to be able to get a drug through the various stages of clearance before market. Now, we're able to get that done in a matter of months, which is significant. This speed is something that's also improved a lot since a year or two ago, which has produced a lot of clinical trial science that could help streamlining to accelerate the process itself in the future.

July 27, 2020 - 22:29 (IST)

The last session in this evening's conference – a session on vaccines and public health policy – is now a go.

July 27, 2020 - 22:28 (IST)

For mental health treatments, there's a lot of evidence-based therapies that have been proven to work. We need to be able to take some risks and accept what might seem unconventional – whether it's billboards or a game app that uses a methodology rooted in psychology – to address the needs of the people seeing mental issues as a result of COVID-19, says Dr Homes suggests.

The Royal Society of Medicine will be bringing together a group of thought leaders from around the world to share learnings and consensus on some key aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on human health.

The webinar began at 8.30 pm IST, and is being streamed via the Royal Society's official website for registered viewers.

Leading health experts, as per the event website, will be part of discussions on the coronavirus pandemic, under four key areas:

  • Respiratory effects: critical care and ventilation
  • Cardiovascular complications and the role of thrombosis
  • Impacts on the brain and the nervous systems
  • Looking forward: research, vaccines and future management strategies

Experts will share the most effective ways to treat COVID-19 based on research and experience from around the world, and how the pandemic has affected the physical and mental health of patients. Also on the agenda is advice to improve treatment plans and strategies to lessen the impact of pandemics in future outbreaks.

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