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Impact of Community Collaboration in the COVID-19 Pandemic.

SARS-COV-2 the cause of COVID-19 has sparked a global pandemic with devastating consequences on health, wellbeing, and the economy. Healthcare workers from the frontline of defence, yet, the pandemic affects not only healthcare workers but also their families. There is growing awareness of the benefits of COVID-19 support groups, for professionals and for the wider community. Migrant professionals make up a significant proportion of the human resources in delivering health care globally, as in the UK. Therefore any such initiative, should be culturally tailored to address their needs.

Caneja, C., Singson, D., Belmonte, J., Bermudez, G., De Los Santos, R, Jimenez, J., Belmonte, G., Bermudez, P., Melencio, J.A., Ariola, J. & Soriano, O. (2021) Impact of community collaboration in the COVID-19 pandemic; Service evaluation of a support group -Filipino Unite. Sushruta J Health Policy & Opin vol 14; Issue 1: epub 21.12.2021 DOI: https://doi.org/10.38192/14.1.4

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Duque M. A Review of Available Literature on the Use of Face Mask vs Face Shield during the Pandemic. London, United Kingdom. November 2020. 

Abstract: The public and healthcare personnel faced a dilemma when the Covid-19 infection became global. There are conflicting articles, guidance and policies on which type of face covering, either face mask, face shield or both, can effectively be used in a global health crisis such as this pandemic. The general public and the non-healthcare policy makers were the ones most affected by this confusion. The Covid-19 Pandemic has triggered the extensive use of face coverings both for healthcare personnel and the general public.  Previous researches were conflicting and have no definitive and conclusive findings on which is more efficient in minimizing the risk of respiratory infection during a Pandemic. This study aims to extensively determine which face covering can provide more effectiveness in diminishing the possibility of becoming infected with the virus. Building on previous researches and available literature materials on face coverings, it hopes to provide an answer to which specific face covering is more able to protect and minimize the risk of the wearer from getting infected. In this context, face covering would either be a face mask or face shield, both of which are readily available. The study critically analyzed available information, based on an extensive review of literature ranging from the 1918 Pandemic to the present. Analysis of the reviewed material demonstrated a significant lack of single conclusive result which was associated to various influencing factors. The results indicate that neither the face mask nor the face shield is effective in minimizing the risk of infection on its own but one is more likely better than the other and that using a combination is best. The best type of face covering to use also depends on various factors and it would be beneficial to do further research to identify other factors and arrive at a more conclusive finding.

Almerol, L. A., & Wortley, V. (2020). Misplacement of PICCs Following Power Injected CT Contrast: A quantitative descriptive review. The Physician, 6(3). https://doi.org/10.38192/1.6.3.pnauk.wcc20.ab3

Catalan, J. P. M. (2020). “Still Forgotten”: Perception and Situation of Senior Filipino Gay Men Living with HIV. The Physician, 6(3). https://doi.org/10.38192/1.6.3.pnauk.wcc20.ab1

Chua, A. C., Ahmed, S., Dashora, U., Sathiskumar, P., Ravelo, M., & Lawson, G. (2020). Thyroxine absorption test protocol for hypothyroid patients on high dose thyroxine replacement: An Audit. The Physician, 6(3). https://doi.org/10.38192/1.6.3.pnauk.wcc20.ab4

Almerol, L. A., & Wortley, V. (2020). Safety and Efficacy of Vascular Access Devices in Patients Who Inject Drugs: : A quantitative descriptive review. The Physician, 6(3). https://doi.org/10.38192/1.6.3.pnauk.wcc20.ab2