EXEC COVID-19 News

Executive Health Management

2022 22 Jul

Before I go on my annual leave, I thought I'd drop a line. Last week I did my first shift in a little private hospital in my hometown. When I arrived on the ward, I called in at the Sister's office. As I headed towards her door, I realised I was the only nurse wearing a mask. I was still in my civilian clothes, and as I said, my mask was... Read more

Impact of COVID on violence against healthcare – report published by ICN, ICRC, IHF and WMA

2022 19 Jul

Survey results show that the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened violence against healthcare, with a documented increase of incidents in many countries. Health personnel and their patients, as well as healthcare facilities and ambulances, are subject to persistent acts of violence in all regions of the world. The results of a global survey conducted... Read more

Omicron Has Half the Risk of Long COVID Compared to Delta

2022 21 Jun

New research shows that the Omicron variant is less likely to cause Long-COVID compared to the Delta variant. The findings are published in The Lancet.  This is the first peer-reviewed study to report the risk of Long-COVID associated with the Omicron variant. As per the NICE guidelines, Long-COVID is defined as new or ongoing symptoms four weeks... Read more

FDA Approves COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Under Five

2022 19 Jun

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given emergency use authorisation to the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for children under five. Vaccine advisors at the CDC have voted unanimously in support of the measure. As a result, the COVID-19 vaccine can now be given to children as young as six months old.  The Pfizer vaccine is good for... Read more

The Nursing Workforce Needs Greater Investment

2022 13 May

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) released its International Nurses Day (IND) toolkit on 12 May 2022, a report that provides multisectoral guidance to nursing stakeholders globally. In releasing this document, ICN’s goal is to support the implementation of the WHO Global Strategic Directions for Nursing and Midwifery: 2021-2025 (SDNM) . The... Read more

Executive Health Management

2022 29 Apr

Herbert Staehr serves as Global Head of Transforming Care Delivery for Siemens Healthineers, driving the company’s activities and messaging around delivering high-value care. In this capacity, he develops and executes programmes and outreach strategies aimed at healthcare providers around the world, as well as stakeholders in every branch of the healthcare... Read more

Vaccines Provide Everyone a Chance to Live a Fulfilling Life

2022 25 Apr

The World Health Organization (WHO) will focus on the theme of ‘Long Life for All’ for World Immunization Week, 24-30 April 2022. The goal is to bring people to understand that vaccines let us to pursue our dreams, protect our loved ones, and make it possible for us to live a long & healthy life.   Every April, World Immunization Week brings people fr Read more

The Omicron XE Variant

2022 14 Apr

Omicron XE is spreading in the U.K. and elsewhere. This variant comes as the U.K. faces a surge of new COVID-19 infections. Currently, 1 in 14 people (6.9% of the population) are estimated to test positive for COVID-19.   This variant is a hybrid of Omicron: BA.1 (the original Omicron strain) and BA.2 (the more infectious and dominant strain in... Read more

The Impact of Staffing Shortages on Patient Safety

2022 12 Apr

A recent study published in the  American Journal of Infection Control  showed that staff shortages and the extra burden on hospitals caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could increase the number of acquired infections and threaten patient care.   The study examined hospital-acquired infections at two hospitals in Illinois between September 2017 and... Read more

UK Healthcare Workforce Recovery After the COVID-19 Pandemic

2022 24 Mar

The BMJ and the Nuffield Trust recently hosted a roundtable discussion concerning the issue of workforce retention in the UK’s NHS – why workers leave the NHS and how staff wellbeing and retention can be improved. Also under discussion was the Nuffield Trust report, ‘The Long Goodbye’ which provided statistics on the alarming high portion of healthcare... Read more

Siemens Healthineers and UNICEF Partner to Help Improve Access to Healthcare in Sub-Saharan Africa

2022 17 Feb

Siemens Healthineers and UNICEF enter a partnership to help optimize Point-of-Care (POC) diagnostics networks The partnership is designed to strengthen health systems strained by the protracted COVID-19 pandemic and foster community engagement Siemens Healthineers and the United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF today announced a partnership... Read more

Medical Gaslighting, Long-COVID, and Possible Predictive Blood Test

2022 14 Feb

Many individuals with COVID-19 report symptoms lasting for over four weeks, but for some, these symptoms persist past 12 weeks. Some described extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, cognitive dysfunction, i.e. ‘brain fog’, or a persistent loss of taste or smell.   The prevalence of this symptom cluster, colloquially known as ‘Long-COVID’, has been... Read more

Executive Health Management

2022 09 Feb

My dear readers,   It is time again for thoughts from the island of Great Britain. I hope you had an excellent and HEALTHY start to the new year! The first month is over, and another eleven are ahead of us. I am sure we all know that the next few months will be pretty challenging for all of us.   I missed my January article for some good reasons. Well,... Read more

Rethinking U.S. School Mask Policy

2022 04 Feb

Scientists generally agree that wearing masks reduce the risks of COVID-19 spreading, but the benefit conferred in the K–12 classroom remains unknown. Whether children can wear masks correctly over extended periods is also debatable.   Interpretation of existing evidence by public health agencies worldwide vary. For example, the U.S. Centers for... Read more

Endemic Is Not Harmless!

2022 28 Jan

Aris Katzourakis, PhD, professor of evolution and genomics at St. Hilda’s College (Oxford, U.K.), warns that misuse of the word ‘endemic’ is encouraging complacency. In an epidemiological context, ‘endemic’ means that the infection rates are in equilibrium, neither rising nor falling. It does not describe the infection’s severity or its health consequences.... Read more

Europe’s Unvaccinated Are Dropping Out of Society

2022 18 Jan

After little over two years, governments worldwide are still dealing with the challenge of ending the COVID-19 pandemic. For many, vaccines have been available for a year, but a loud minority has refused them and the vaccination certificates that accompany them.    Many nations have imposed stricter rules and restrictions on the unvaccinated to... Read more

Pfizer CEO Says Omicron-Targeted Vaccine is Most Likely Outcome

2022 11 Jan

Pfizer Inc Chief Executive Albert Bourla said a redesigned COVID-19 vaccine that specifically targets the Omicron coronavirus variant is likely needed and his company could have one ready to launch by March. Bourla said Pfizer and partner BioNTech SE are working on both an Omicron-targeted vaccine version as well as a shot that would include both... Read more

Omicron Disruptions Around the World

2022 05 Jan

On Monday in the U.S where 62% of the entire population is vaccinated, 1,080,211 new COVID-19 cases were reported, a figure double of that four days prior and a new global record for a single country. On Tuesday, the U.K., France, and Australia also reached record levels, each reaching 200,000, 270,000 and 65,000 daily cases for the first time. In... Read more

World Governments React to Omicron

2021 28 Dec

Around the world, government leaders and advisors are planning strategies for mitigating Omicron impact, which infects previously vaccinated individuals. Although Onicrom produces less severe disease than earlier COVID-19 strains, the variant’s substantially greater transmissibility creates other problems. Massive staffing shortages resulting from... Read more

Supreme Court Fight Looms for U.S. COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

2021 23 Dec

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments challenging the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates for businesses with at least 100 workers and health care workers on 7 January. This follows a recent ruling by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, which lifted an injunction that blocked the Occupational Safety and Health... Read more