COVID-19 Evidence Reviews
as of 8/13/20
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A review with this mark was peer-reviewed, described systematic search and study selection, and included critical appraisal of primary studies.
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8/1/20
Monaghesh E, Hajizadeh A | BMC Public Health
Aim: To identify the role of telehealth services during COVID-19 outbreak.
RECENTLY UPDATED
INFECTION CONTROL
7/31/20
Clark EG, Hiremath S, Soroka SD, et al. | Can J Kidney Health Dis
Aim: To synthesize guidance documents from the broader nephrology community in an effort to provide the best possible care to the largest number of patients with kidney disease while also ensuring the safety of the health care team.
INFECTION CONTROL
7/31/20
Seresirikachorn K, Phoophiboon V, Chobarporn T, et al. | Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol
Aim: To evaluate the effectiveness of existing decontamination methods of surgical masks and N95 FFRs and provide evidence-based recommendations for selecting an appropriate decontamination method.
INFECTION CONTROL
7/30/20
Shah K, Saxena D, Mavalankar D | QJM
Aim: To assess global statistics and characteristics of household secondary attack rate (SAR) of COVID-19.
INFECTION CONTROL
7/28/20
Radulesco T, Lechien JR, Sowerby L, et al. | Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol
Aim: To summarize recommendations for sinus and anterior skull base surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic.
UPDATED
INFECTION CONTROL
7/27/20
Cabrera-Tasayco FDP, Rivera-Carhuavilca JM, Atoche-Socola KJ, et al. | Disaster Med Public Health Prep
Aim: To determine biosecurity measures at the dental office after the appearance of COVID-19.
INFECTION CONTROL
7/25/20
Rahman J, Mumin J, Fakhruddin B | Ann Glob Health
Aim: To appraise the frequency of T-zone (eyes, nose, mouth, chin) touching in humans to comprehend the challenge of its restriction, and thus support public health professionals to produce evidence synthesis guidance for public.
INFECTION CONTROL
7/25/20
Katims AB, Razdan S, Eilender BM, et al. | Urol Oncol
Aim: To provide a review of high-risk urologic cancers and the feasibility of delaying surgery without impacting oncologic or mortality outcomes.
INFECTION CONTROL
7/22/20
Patterson TJ, Currie PJ, Beck J, et al. | Surgeon
Aim: To conduct an objective, systematic review of studies reporting on viral transmission risk comparing laparoscopic and open surgery.
INFECTION CONTROL
7/20/20
O'Hearn K, Gertsman S, Sampson M, et al. | J Hosp Infect
Aim: To synthesize existing data on the effectiveness of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) for N95 FFR decontamination.
INFECTION CONTROL
7/20/20
Noorimotlagh Z, Karami C, Mirzaee SA, et al. | Int Immunopharmacol
Aim: To help researchers to produce vaccine by collecting data for the control and prevention of SARS-CoV-2 and the immune and bioinformatic identification of T-cell and B-cell epitopes.
INFECTION CONTROL
7/14/20
Murphy E, Fenelon C, Murphy RP, et al. | Clin Orthop Relat Res
Aim: To describe (1) adverse outcomes, (2) cost reductions, and (3) efficiencies associated with the virtual fracture clinic model.
INFECTION CONTROL
7/14/20
Oltean M, Softeland JM, Bagge J, et al. | Infect Dis
Aim: To pool the individual and aggregated data from available case-series on kidney transplant patients and the risk of COVID-19.
INFECTION CONTROL
7/14/20
de Pablo GS, Vaquerizo-Serrano J, Catalan A, et al. | J Affect Disord
Aim: To review the evidence on the impact of SARS/MERS/COVID-19 on physical and mental health outcomes of health care workers.
UPDATED
INFECTION CONTROL
7/14/20
Ning AY, Cabrera CI, D'Anza B | Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol
Aim: To evaluate existing literature on telemedicine and assess overall image quality, diagnostic concordance, and patient and provider satisfaction with telemedicine technologies.
INFECTION CONTROL
7/13/20
Koletsi D, Belibasakis GN, Eliades T | J Dent Res
Aim: To identify and rank the effectiveness of different interventions used in dental practice to reduce microbial load in aerosolized compounds.
INFECTION CONTROL
7/8/20
Rodriguez-Martinez CE, Sossa-Briceno MP, Cortes-Luna JA | Am J Infect Control
Aim: To summarize all of the available evidence on the different decontamination methods that might allow disposable N95 FFRs to be reused, with emphasis on decontamination from SARS-CoV-2.
INFECTION CONTROL
7/3/20
Russo B, Iudici M | Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol
Aim: To provide a summary of preventative or therapeutic interventions specifically designed for healthcare workers facing with COVID-19 pandemic.
INFECTION CONTROL
7/3/20
Amaefule CE, Sasitharan A, Kalra P, et al. | Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol
Aim: To review the evidence on the screening and diagnostic accuracy of the haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) test in women with and without risk factors for gestational diabetes.
INFECTION CONTROL
6/29/20
Li X, Xu W, Dozier M, et al. | J Glob Health
Aim: To synthesise the latest evidence in relation to the role of children in the transmission of SARS-CoV-2.
INFECTION CONTROL
6/27/20
Schnitzbauer AA, Kempf VAJ, Hack D, et al. | Surgeon
Aim: To summarize the evidence on standards for personal protective equipment (PPE) for the employees in the central emergency rooms and in the operating area as well as restructuring measures for the operations in the operating area in a COVID-plus area.
INFECTION CONTROL
6/18/20
Jameleddine M, Harzallah N, Jebali MC, et al. | Department of Evaluation Interventions and Health Technologies
Aim: To review the effectiveness and value of the use of spray booths for disinfectants on humans as a preventive measure at the entrance to establishments, with the aim of reducing the spread of SARS-CoV-2.
INFECTION CONTROL
6/18/20
Novara G, Checcucci E, Crestani A, et al. | Eur Urol
Aim: To perform a systematic review of the literature and evaluate all the available studies on urological applications of telehealth.
INFECTION CONTROL
6/9/20
MacIntyre CR, Chughtai AA | Int J Nurs Stud
Aim: To review the evidence around the efficacy of masks and respirators for healthcare workers, sick patients and the general public.
INFECTION CONTROL
6/5/20
Aggarwal N, Dwarakanathan V, Gautam N, et al. | Indian J Public Health
Aim: To estimate the effectiveness of facemask use alone or along with hand hygiene in community settings in reducing the transmission of viral respiratory illness.
INFECTION CONTROL
5/15/20
Verbeek  JH, Rajamaki  B, Ijaz  S, et al. | Cochrane Database Syst Rev
Aim: To evaluate which type of full?body PPE and which method of donning or doffing PPE have the least risk of contamination or infection for HCW, and which training methods increase compliance with PPE protocols.
INFECTION CONTROL
5/12/20
Jessop ZM, Dobbs TD, Ali SR, et al. | Br J Surg
Aim: To inform surgeons of appropriate PPE requirements, and to discuss usage, availability, rationing and future solutions.
INFECTION CONTROL
4/28/20
Paludan-Müller  AS, Boesen  K, Klerings  I, et al. | Cochrane Database Syst Rev
Aim: To assess the benefits and harms of hand cleaning with ash compared with hand cleaning using soap or other materials for reducing the spread of viral and bacterial infections.
INFECTION CONTROL
4/22/20
Houghton C, Meskell P, Delaney H, et al. | Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Aim: To identify barriers and facilitators to healthcare workers' adherence to IPC guidelines for respiratory infectious diseases.
INFECTION CONTROL
4/15/20
Zorko D, Gertsman S, O'Hearn K, et al. | J Hosp Infect
Aim: To identify and synthesize data from original research evaluating interventions to decontaminate surgical masks for the purpose of reuse.
UPDATED
INFECTION CONTROL
4/10/20
Viner RM, Russell SJ, Croker H, et al. | Lancet Child Adolesc Health
Aim: To identify what is known about the effectiveness of school closures and other school social distancing practices during coronavirus outbreaks.
INFECTION CONTROL
4/9/20
Nussbaumer-Streit B, Mayr V, Dobrescu AI, et al. | Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Aim: To assess the effects of quarantine (alone or in combination with other measures) of individuals who had contact with confirmed cases of COVID19, who travelled from countries with a declared outbreak, or who live in regions with high transmission of the disease.
WHO COLLABORATIVE
INFECTION CONTROL
4/9/20
Stern D, Lopez-Olmedo N, Perez-Ferrer C, et al. | Salud publica de Mexico
Aim: To assess the effectiveness of using surgical masks in community settings to reduce the probability of infection by SARS-CoV-2 or other acute viral respiratory infection, compared to not using surgical masks
INFECTION CONTROL
4/2/20
Bartoszko JJ, Farooqi MAM, Alhazzani W, et al. | Influenza Other Respir Viruses
Aim: To compare medical masks to N95 respirators in preventing laboratory confirmed viral infection and respiratory illness including coronavirus specifically in health care workers.
INFECTION CONTROL
3/13/20
Long Y, Hu T, Liu L, et al. | J Evid Based Med
Aim: To assess the effectiveness of N95 respirators versus surgical masks for prevention of influenza by collecting randomized controlled trials (RCTs)
INFECTION CONTROL
3/1/20
Brooks SK, Webster RK, Smith LE, et al.  | Lancet
Aim: To review of the psychological impact of quarantine
INFECTION CONTROL
3/1/20
Chughtai AA, Khan W | J Infect Pub Health
Aim: To examine the use of PPE for respiratory infections in healthcare settings in Pakistan
INFECTION CONTROL