[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]According to WHO, regular hand-washing is one of the simplest ways to protect yourself and others from getting the SARS-CoV-2.
MedicalAID Films, a UK based film production company, has created two educational films in multiple languages on hand-washing best practice for both communities and health workers.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Mr Tembo Comes Clean! Hand Washing in Communities is on hand washing and hygiene for community health education.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://vimeo.com/171403449″
Antwerp, Belgium – 11 March, 2020
The University of Antwerp has launched Rapid European COVID-19 Emergency Research response (RECOVER), in collaboration with 9 international partners. The launch comes in response to the impact of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic in Europe. This project was selected for funding by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 research framework and builds on many years of investment by the European Commission in clinical research preparedness for epidemic response.
Virtual CROI 2020 dedicated a special session on COVID-19 to present state-of-the-art of what is known about COVID-19 and its causative pathogen, SARS-CoV-2. This special session focused on the epidemiology and efforts in China; the global epidemiology and effort to control the outbreak; the virology of coronaviruses overall, molecular aspects of transmission to humans, and pathogenesis in mice models and parallels in humans; and the NIAID/NIH efforts to study novel coronaviruses and develop diagnostics,
Antwerp, Belgium – 3 March 2020
The EU-funded Platform foR European Preparedness Against (Re-) emerging Epidemics (PREPARE) has decided to upgrade its response efforts to the novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) epidemic to Outbreak Research Response Mode 3, the highest response mode. This means that PREPARE will immediately initiate and implement clinical research studies on SARS-CoV-2 across Europe, it has been preparing for over the last month.
BMJ Opinion, February 2020
The ongoing covid-19 outbreak has underlined the need for more research on the nature of panic and its drivers. The strategies we have for communicating about risk and engaging with communities are insufficient. We need to better understand the links between panic, rumour, fear, and anxiety. To what extent is panic universal or are panics in fact culturally specific? How precisely is panic linked to issues of trust—whether that is trust in the government,
Antwerp, Belgium – 24 February 2020
Confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infected patients have been reported in Europe for several weeks now and PREPARE has been monitoring developments very closely.
With ongoing clusters in Iran, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Japan and more recently in Italy, we anticipate further large clusters and possibly community-wide transmission in Europe and therefore are preparing our clinical research response accordingly.
Antwerp, Belgium – 6 February 2020
On 30th January 2020, the Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the outbreak of 2019-nCoV a public health emergency of international concern. The Platform foR European Preparedness Against (Re-) emerging Epidemics (PREPARE) has now mobilized to mode 2 response activity, representing an important next level of preparedness for the actual conduct of clinical research in the event of further 2019-nCoV spread in Europe.