COVID-19 Evidence Reviews
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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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9/22/20
Boyce L, Nicolaides M, Hanrahan JG, et al. | J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg
Aim:  To identify all published literature on plastic surgery and COVID-19, in an effort to summarise the evidence for future reference.
INFECTION CONTROL
9/21/20
Moosavi MS, Aminishakib P, Ansari M | J Oral Microbiol
Aim: To review the evidence on the effects of different types of mouthwashes to reduce viral load.
INFECTION CONTROL
9/21/20
Cabrera MA, Karamsetty L, Simpson SA | Psychosomatics
Aim: To provide a critical synthesis of the scientific literature on the pandemic's implications for psychiatric practice.
INFECTION CONTROL
9/21/20
Mecenas P, da Rose Moreira Bastos RT, Vallinoto ACR, et al. | PLoS One
Aim: To describe current knowledge about the emergence and replicability of the virus and its connection with different weather factors such as temperature and relative humidity.
RECENTLY UPDATED
INFECTION CONTROL
9/21/20
Luigi B, Francesco B, Giovanni B, et al. | Oral Dis
Aim: To review the evidence on surfaces decontamination and protection masks for SARS-CoV-2 in dental practice.
INFECTION CONTROL
9/21/20
Hamedani S, Farshidfar N, Ziaei A, et al. | European Oral Research
Aim: To review relevant current evidence in literature that has addressed the role of saliva and the threats that may be inherent in transmission of the disease during dental procedures.
INFECTION CONTROL
9/15/20
Bizzoca ME, Campisi G, Lo Muzio L | Int J Environ Res Public Health
Aim: To illustrate the most accepted models of safety protocols in dentistry and oral medicine, and to propose an easy view of the problem and a comparison (pre- vs post-COVID19) for the most common dental procedures.
INFECTION CONTROL
9/15/20
Fiorillo L, Cervino G, Matarese M, et al. | Int J Environ Res Public Health
Aim: To highlight all the sources currently present in the literature concerning the persistence of the different coronaviruses in the environment as well as in medical and dental settings. 
INFECTION CONTROL
9/15/20
Viswanathan M, Kahwati L, Jahn B, et al. | Cochrane Database Syst Rev
Aim: To assess (1) the effectiveness of universal screening for SARS?CoV?2 infection compared with no screening and (2) the accuracy of universal screening in people who have not presented to clinical care for symptoms of COVID?19.
INFECTION CONTROL
9/14/20
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.
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WHO COLLABORATIVE
INFECTION CONTROL
9/10/20
Flumignan RLG, Nakano LCU, Pascoal PIF, et al. | Sao Paulo Med J
Aim: To identify and summarize the evidence from Cochrane systematic reviews (SRs) regarding measures for controlling the dissemination of COVID-19 infection.
INFECTION CONTROL
9/10/20
Serban D, Smarandache CG, Tudor C, et al. | Diagnostics
Aim: To review the available evidence regarding the health risk of the aerosolization induced by laparoscopy induced and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic upon minimally invasive surgery.
INFECTION CONTROL
9/10/20
Bondini CM, Sage S, Wilson BP, et al. | Int Wound J
Aim: To explore the existing evidence around alternative service delivery modalities for treating complex wounds.
INFECTION CONTROL
9/8/20
Wittmeier K, Parsons J, Webber S, et al. | Phys Ther
Aim: To provide a review of the pandemic and physical disaster management literature to summarize physical therapy–specific operational considerations to assist hospital-based leadership teams in planning and response efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
INFECTION CONTROL
9/8/20
Barbosa MT, Sousa CS, Morais-Almeida M, et al. | COPD
Aim: To review the effectiveness of telemedicine to treat COPD during the COVID-19 pandemic.
INFECTION CONTROL
9/8/20
Samaranayake LP, Fakhruddin KS, Ngo HC, et al. | Acta Odontol Scand
Aim: To review the data on the effectiveness and efficacy of facemasks and respirators, including protective eyewear, with particular emphasis on dental healthcare.
INFECTION CONTROL
9/8/20
Kashi AH, De la Rosette J, Amini E, et al. | Urol J
Aim: To review the current literature on the presence of COVID-19 virus in the urine of infected patients and to explore the clinical features that can predict the presence of COVID-19 in urine.
INFECTION CONTROL
9/3/20
de Camargo MC, Martinez-Silveira MS, Lima AA, et al. | Cien Saude Colet
Aim: To evaluate the effectiveness of non-woven face masks for the prevention of respiratory infections (MERS CoV, SARS-CoV, and SARS-CoV-2) in the population.
INFECTION CONTROL
9/3/20
Bentlage E, Ammar A, How D, et al. | Int J Environ Res Public Health
Aim: To provide practical recommendations for maintaining active lifestyles during pandemics.
INFECTION CONTROL
9/2/20
Gebru AA, Birhanu T, Wendimu E, et al. | Hum Antibodies
Aim: To identify and review a published level of risk, effects response to potential health emergencies, prevention, and control methods of Coronavirus Disease 2019 at the global level.
INFECTION CONTROL
9/1/20
Lapid MI, Seiner S, Heintz H, et al. | Am J Geriatr Psychiatry
Aim: To provide a consensus statement on the clinical practice changes in ECT specific to older adults based on expert group discussions of ECT practitioners across the country and a systematic review of the literature. 
INFECTION CONTROL
8/31/20
Dhir SK, Kumar J, Meena J, et al. | J Trop Pediatr
Aim: To systematically synthesize the currently available literature on various modes of transmission (congenital, intrapartum, and postpartum), clinical features and outcomes of SARS-CoV-2 infection in neonates.
INFECTION CONTROL
8/31/20
Mousavi E, Kananizadeh N, Martinello R, et al. | Environ Sci Technol
Aim:  To review the evidence on the safety of air filtration and air recirculation in healthcare premises. 
INFECTION CONTROL
8/31/20
Rego GNA, Nucci MP, Alves AH, et al. | Vaccines
Aim: To summarize the global race for vaccine development against COVID-19. 
INFECTION CONTROL
8/31/20
Gordon M, Patricio M, Horne L, et al. | Med Teach
Aim: To synthesize published reports of medical educational developments in response to the pandemic, considering descriptions of interventions, evaluation data and lessons learned.
INFECTION CONTROL
8/31/20
Lei H, Xu X, Xiao S, et al. | J Infect
Aim: To assess the secondary attack rate of household COVID-19 transmission.
INFECTION CONTROL
8/31/20
El Boghdady M, Ewalds-Kvist B | Surgeon
Aim: To systematically review the literature regarding the safe use of laparoscopy during COVID-19.
INFECTION CONTROL
8/31/20
Shorey S, Chan V, et al. | Midwifery
Aim: To consolidate qualitative research studies that examined the experiences and needs of pregnant women, midwives, and nurses of maternity units to provide a way forward for future research and practices during the current pandemic and future epidemics and pandemics.
INFECTION CONTROL
8/31/20
Daphine J, Hebert PC, Ziegler D, et al. | Crit Care Med
Aim: To identify and appraise articles describing criteria used to prioritize or withhold a critical care admission.
INFECTION CONTROL
8/31/20
Derraik JGB, Anderson WA, Connelly EA, et al. | Int J Environ Res Public Health
Aim: To summarize the existing literature on the viability of SARS-CoV-2, the efficacy of key potential disinfection procedures against the virus (specifically ultraviolet light and heat), and the impact of these procedures on FFR performance, material integrity, and/or fit.
INFECTION CONTROL
8/31/20
Copat C, Cristaldi A, Fiore M, et al. | Environ Res
Aim: To provide an update state of art relating the role of air pollution, in particular PM2.5, PM10 and NO2, in COVID-19 spread and lethality.
INFECTION CONTROL
8/27/20
Braithwaite I, Callender T, Bullock M, et al. | Lancet Digit Health
Aim: To assess the effectiveness of automated and semi-automated digital tools for contact tracing, and identify key considerations for successful implementation, to inform the control of COVID-19. 
UPDATED
INFECTION CONTROL
8/27/20
Gertsman S, Agarwal A, O'Hearn K, et al. | J Hosp Infect
Aim: To collect and synthesize existing information on decontamination of N95 filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs) using microwave and heat-based treatments, with special attention to impact on mask function (aerosol penetration, airflow resistance), fit, and physical traits.
UPDATED
INFECTION CONTROL
8/27/20
Laufs J, Waseem Z | Int J Disaster Risk Reduct
Aim: To explore the short- and long-term effects of epidemics on policing.
INFECTION CONTROL
8/26/20
Rai B, Shukla A, Dwivedi LK | Clin Epidemiol Glob Health
Aim: To review the qualitative and quantitative synthesis of the currently available evidence for the serial interval of COVID-19.
INFECTION CONTROL
8/26/20
Said M, Ngo V, Hwang J, et al. | Laryngoscope Investig Otolaryngol
Aim: To review applications of telemedicine for the evaluation of facial trauma to better direct utilization of these methods and technologies during times of limited access to clinical resources such as the COVID?19 pandemic.
INFECTION CONTROL
8/25/20
Chirico F, Sacco A, Bragazzi NL, et al. | Int J Environ Res Public Health
Aim: To evaluate the COVID-19 risk associated with the presence of air-conditioning systems.
INFECTION CONTROL
8/23/20
Murphy RP, Dennehy KA, Costello MM, et al. | Age Ageing
Aim: To describe the satisfaction, clinic productivity, clinical benefit, satisfaction and costs associated with the virtual geriatric clinic model of care.
INFECTION CONTROL
8/17/20
Thomson DJ, Yom SS, Saeed H, et al. | Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys
Aim: To aggregate changes in the quality of the evidence supporting these schedules to establish a comprehensive evidence base for future reference and highlight aspects for future study.
INFECTION CONTROL
8/14/20
Luo W, Sun J, Zhang W, et al. | BMJ Open
Aim: To determine the quality of recommendations for optimising management in paediatric wards and provide suggestions to hospital managers for the adjustment of existing hospital prevention and control strategies, and also to offer recommendations for further research.
INFECTION CONTROL
8/12/20
Davalbhakta S, Advani S, Kumar S, et al. | J Med Syst
Aim: To provide an overview of mobile applications being currently utilized for COVID-19 related activities.
UPDATED
INFECTION CONTROL
8/12/20
Samanta A, Shetty A, Nelson PC | J Telemed Telecare
Aim: To conduct a systematic literature review of the accuracy and effectiveness of available portable automated refractors compared to the current standard of care, subjective refraction (SR).
INFECTION CONTROL
8/11/20
Jain VK, Lal H, Patralekh MT, et al. | J Clin Orthop Trauma
Aim: To evaluate the fracture types, presentation, treatment, complications, and early outcomes of fractures occurring amidst COVID-19 pandemic.
INFECTION CONTROL
8/11/20
Mahendiratta S, Batra G, Sarma P, et al. | Life Sci
Aim: To evaluate the effectiveness of the molecular detection techniques in COVID-19. 
INFECTION CONTROL
8/9/20
Haider Z, Aweid B, Subramanian P, et al. | J Telemed Telecare
Aim: To explore evidence for telemedicine in orthopaedics to determine its advantages, validity, effectiveness and utilisation.
INFECTION CONTROL
8/1/20
Monaghesh E, Hajizadeh A | BMC Public Health
Aim: To identify the role of telehealth services during COVID-19 outbreak.
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
5/21/20
Taminato M, Mizusaki-Imoto | Acta Paul Enferm
Aim: To identify, systematically review, and summarize the best scientific evidence available on the efficacy and safety of homemade cloth face masks for the community.
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
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