2020 has witnessed the evolution of the first pandemic for generations and the most serious since the Flu pandemic of 1918. The novel coronavirus outbreak has exposed the vulnerabilities of a globally interconnected population with the menacing threat of a novel pathogenic virus. In the absence of treatments or vaccines, 21st Century mankind has relied on stringent social isolation and hand-washing to combat the infection. Whilst the global spread of the virus has been swift, the response of science has also been swift and importantly, concerted. Since the original case of 30th December 2019, scores of high-quality articles have been published enabling the medical community to understand an illness that months previously we didn’t even recognise.
All resources are composed of 10 ‘best-of-five style’ questions and are designed to assess your current knowledge of the condition and management strategies. On successful completion of each resource, you will be awarded with a 1 hour CPD Certificate.
Whilst the questions are based on current published knowledge, we recognise that this is a swiftly developing picture, therefore, answers and current thinking might change. Similarly, ‘evidence’ is also emerging and many of the publications would, with application of levels of evidence, not be considered authoritative. With this in mind, we hope to continue to update these questions as knowledge progresses.
In the first resource, we aim to assess your current knowledge of the condition. The management of COVID-19 is fraught with difficulties and we continue to learn how best to manage cases from the emerging literature. Similarly, some aspects of management are contentious in the absence of evidence relating to therapeutic strategies such as hydroxychloroquine, ritonavir/lopinavir etc.
Our second resource has therefore been designed to draw upon the relevant published literature and guidance relating to case identification and management strategies. As before, the cases illustrate knowledge up to the time of writing and, we fully expect that this knowledge will change and adapt as science becomes more familiar with the management of the condition.
The third resource in our trilogy has been designed to assess your current knowledge around the testing of patients with suspected COVID-19 including the rt-PCR, lateral flow serology and ELISA. It also explores testing utilised to try to distinguish between acute bacterial and viral infection. 4 5