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Global Advances in Health and Medicine ; 11:47, 2022.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1916546

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Methods: The survey was designed by an international team, translated and adapted to simplified Chinese, including 132 kinds of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) preparation recommended by guidelines. It was distributed and collected from February to May 2021, with data analysed by WPS spreadsheet and wjx.cn. Descriptive statistics were used to describe demographics and clinical characteristics, diagnosis, treatments, preventative behaviours and interventions, and their associated outcomes. Results: The survey was accessed 503 times with 341 (67.8%) completions covering 23 provinces and four municipalities in China. Most (282/341, 82.7%) respondents reported no symptoms during the pandemic and the majority (290/341, 85.0%) reported having a SARS-CoV-2 PCR test at some point. Forty-five (13.2%) reported having a respiratory infection, among which 19 (42.2%) took one or more categories of modern medicine, e.g. painkillers, antibiotics;16 (35.6%) used TCM interventions(s);while seven respondents combined TCM with modern medicine. All respondents reported using at least one behavioural or medical approach to prevention, with 22.3% taking TCM and 5.3% taking modern medicines. No respondents reported having a critical condition related to COVID-19. Background: We aimed to investigate use of infection control behaviours, preventative and therapeutic interventions, and outcomes among respondents to an online survey during the COVID-19 pandemic in China. Conclusion: We found evidence of widespread use of infection control behaviours, modern medicines and TCM for treatment and prevention of COVID-19 and other respiratory symptoms. Larger scale studies are warranted, including a more representative sample exploring TCM preparations recommended in clinical guidelines.

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European Journal of Integrative Medicine ; 48, 2021.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1587794

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Introduction: The global COVID-19 pandemic has been associated with high mortality, particularly among the elderly and patients with chronic comorbidities, but the vast majority of affected people are asymptomatic or have only mild symptoms. The aim was to explore associations between treatments used and reported outcomes in patients who developed symptoms and were tested positive for COVID-19. Methods: Adult participants were recruited to participate in an online survey from the general public in 13 countries (Brazil, China, Germany, Greece, Iraq, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA), between July 2020 and May 2021. In this analysis we include participants who had symptoms of acute respiratory infection and/ or confirmed COVID-19 infection. A retrospective treatment-outcome approach to analyse statistical associations between treatments used and outcomes (duration and severity of symptoms). Results: Over 54,000 participants completed the online questionnaire, and over 104,000 participants partially answered it. Regression of each outcome on the most frequently used treatments, adjusting for prespecified confounders (including age and comorbidities), will prioritise the treatments associated with the best outcomes. Conclusion: The treatments associated with the best outcomes could be a priority for further research. However, one cannot conclude that these treatments are effective, because it is difficult to control for all confounders, especially baseline severity of illness. Keywords: COVID-19;survey;Treatment outcomes;International

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The COVID-19 Crisis: Social Perspectives ; : 115-127, 2021.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-1215601

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In the isolating times of COVID-19, digital live streaming has been a key means through which artists connect with their audiences/community and audience members access live art and music. With performances mediated through digital live stream, artists and audience members alike are experimenting with strategies for connection, and indeed, for survival. This reconfiguration of sociality, of the liveness of community, threatens to endure beyond the pandemic. The Instagram Live music festival ‘Isol-AID’, which we examine as a case study in this chapter, prompts a discussion around arts accessibility as a measure of public health and wellbeing. Building on literature about social prescribing, we suggest that Instagram Live engages therapeutic forms of arts practice, and as such, could be offered as a new digital health resource. Using a critical posthumanist perspective, we think-through Instagram Live and streamed performance as posthuman assemblages to highlight the importance of non-human actants (such as phones, wifi, colours, sounds) in the production of the feeling of community, which is a social determinant of health. These creative methods of expression and connection encourage discussion around the importance of the arts in community health and wellbeing, a conversation that could not be more relevant than in the socially isolated world that is, this global pandemic. © 2021 selection and editorial matter, Deborah Lupton and Karen Willis.

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Revue Medicale Suisse ; 16(703):1522-1523, 2020.
Article in French | EMBASE, MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-896334
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