Coronavirus (983) WHO Regional Office for Africa webinar: COVID-19 patient deterioration

17 September, 2020

Background / overview

As COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, knowledge is rapidly being generated through research and analysis on different aspects of the outbreak. This information needs to reach decision makers in a reliable manner, and so guide the decision-making process at all levels. To facilitate this process, the WHO Regional Office for Africa has been producing policy briefs on specific areas of knowledge. These rapid policy briefs are based on a quick scan of the existing quality evidence around a specific issue for which decision makers require guidance.


Friday, September 18; 14.30 to 16.30 Brazzaville Time

COVID-19 patient deterioration: Early Warning Signs for severe COVID-19 in patients (symptoms and clinical signs), and recommendations for care of non-severe COVID-19


Rapid Policy Brief – COVID-19 Patients deterioration: Early warning signs for severe COVID-19 in Patients (Symptoms and clinical signs).

Patients with severe novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) can likely develop comorbidities, which can lead to irreversible organ damage and, eventually, death. However, early indicators of disease progression remain unclear [2]. Therefore, this policy Brief aimed to identify the predictors of severe COVID-19 and to compare clinical features between patients with severe COVID-19 and those with less severe COVID-19 and then provide a basis for improved prognostic prediction and disease management. The evidence presented originates from a systematic review of primary studies on early warning signs of severe COVID-19 disease.

Reference, here are the links to the policy brief again, available in three languages:

• Signs/indicators for severe COVID-19

• Signes d’alerte précoce/Indicateurs pour les cas graves de COVID

• Sinais precoces e indicadores de formas graves de COVID-19


HIFA profile: Pascal Mouhouelo is Head Librarian at WHO/AFRO. He is also a trainer for biomedical researchers using the HINARI Access to Research in Health Programme, which offers free or very low cost online access to the major journals in biomedical not-for-profit institutions in developing countries. He is also Coordinator of the African Index Medicus and the lead author of a PLOS Medicine 2006 article "Where There Is No Internet: Delivering Health Information via the Blue Trunk Libraries." which describes a practical way to address the local absence of internet and contemporary medical textbooks in many African health care settings. Pascal is a member of the HIFA working bgroup on Library and Information Services and is also a HIFA Country representative.

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