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Maria van den Muijsenbergh about the Corona crisis in the Netherlands with a special focus on vulnerable groups in society

Netherlands - Primary Care & The Corona Pandemic: Stories From Your Countries

Maria van den Muijsenbergh, march 25 2020 In the Netherlands, until june 1 face an “intelligent lock-down” as our prime minister calls it. There is a rising number of patients at the IC and deaths (276). We face indeed the chalenges concerning the poor and socially excluded groups, underpinning the social determinants of health and ethical issues concerning the right to health for all. At this moment, we see that these groups face extra difficu...

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Covid and primary care: How to make sure mild cases are isolated at home and how to follow them for deterioration and need of oxygen

Turkey - Primary Care & The Corona Pandemic: Stories From Your Countries

In Turkey we are now in the most critical weeks for the preventing further spread of infection. since the first case declared on 11th of March, we have 1872 cases until today and 44 deaths. without efficient gate keeping (citizens can go anywhere they prefer, hospital or GP) hospital emergencies are overloaded with anxious patients. average people daily tested is around 3500-4000, which does not seem to be sufficient for a country of 80 million....

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Guidance for Health System Contingency Planning

General - Primary Care & The Corona Pandemic: Stories From Your Countries

The European Centre for Disease Control has published a 'support' document in order to help with public health preparedness planning and response activities when advising healthcare services on approaches on how to increase capacity for managing COVID-19 cases. This is done in the context of widespread sustained SARS-CoV-2 transmission. This document is aimed at public health authorities and healthcare administrators in the EU/EEA and the UK.

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The resilience of the Spanish health system against the COVID-19 pandemic

Spain - Primary Care & The Corona Pandemic: Stories From Your Countries

A Lancet article of just one week ago and today 39.673 cases, 2.696 deaths...!   Spain, with more than 11 000 cases and 491 deaths as of March 17, 2020, has one of the highest burdens of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) worldwide. In response, its government used a royal decree (463/2020) to declare a 15-day national emergency, starting on March 15. Although the Spanish health system has coped well during the 6 weeks since its first case wa...

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European Medicines Agency (EMA): Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) updates

General - Primary Care & The Corona Pandemic: Stories From Your Countries

Table of contents What's newSupporting the development of medicines and vaccinesAdvice on clinical trialsMonitoring the impact on medicine supply chainsAdvice on using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofenWorking with EU and international partnersImpact on EMA activities and meetings

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Contributions and challenges of general practitioners in China fighting against the novel coronavirus crisis

General - Primary Care & The Corona Pandemic: Stories From Your Countries

Community engagement is the first line of defence in the battle against infectious diseases. GPs are both gatekeepers and health promotors by empowering the community to build a firewall against the deadly virus. GPs are engaged in each of the three phases of response to the disease. For example, they help block the viral transmission in phase 1 by monitoring people at designated checkpoints, and they slow the increase of cases by treating patien...

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