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International Infection Prevention Week - October 18–24, 2020

International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) 2020 is here and we are joining with association friends,(APIC, IPS and RCN) plus other healthcare partners, and the public to join us in celebrating the world's Infection Prevention and Control professionals and recognizing their tireless efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC ) www.apic.org

Infection Prevention Society (IPS) ww.ips.uk.net

Royal College of Nursing (RCN) www.rcn.org.uk 


Managing the COVID-19 infodemic: Promoting healthy behaviours and mitigating the harm from misinformation and disinformation

Joint statement by WHO, UN, UNICEF, UNDP, UNESCO, UNAIDS, ITU, UN Global Pulse, and IFRC 

An infodemic is an overabundance of information, both online and offline. It includes deliberate attempts to disseminate wrong information to undermine the public health response and advance alternative agendas of groups or individuals. Mis- and disinformation can be harmful to people’s physical and mental health; increase stigmatization; threaten precious health gains; and lead to poor observance of public health measures, thus reducing their effectiveness and endangering countries’ ability to stop the pandemic.

Misinformation costs lives. Without the appropriate trust and correct information, diagnostic tests go unused, immunization campaigns (or campaigns to promote effective vaccines) will not meet their targets, and the virus will continue to thrive.

Furthermore, disinformation is polarizing public debate on topics related to COVID-19; amplifying hate speech; heightening the risk of conflict, violence and human rights violations; and threatening long-terms prospects for advancing democracy, human rights and social cohesion

At the World Health Assembly in May 2020, WHO Member States passed Resolution WHA73.1 on the COVID-19 response

Lancet COVID-19 Commission Statement on the occasion of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly

The Lancet COVID-19 Commission was launched on July 9, 2020, to assist governments, civil society, and UN institutions in responding effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The aims of the commission are to offer practical solutions to the four main global challenges posed by the pandemic: -

suppressing the pandemic by means of pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical interventions;

overcoming humanitarian emergencies, including poverty, hunger, and mental distress, caused by the pandemic;

restructuring public and private finances in the wake of the pandemic;

and rebuilding the world economy in an inclusive, resilient, and sustainable way 

The Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator

The Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, is a groundbreaking global collaboration to accelerate development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines. Many organizations and governments have joined force to speed up an end to the pandemic by supporting the development and equitable distribution of the tests, treatments and vaccines the world needs to reduce mortality and severe disease, restoring full societal and economic activity globally in the near term, and facilitating high-level control of COVID-19 disease in the medium term.

    There is no time to waste in the fight against COVID-19. 
    No-one is safe until everyone is safe. 


    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey: characteristics of people testing positive for COVID-19 in England, August 2020

    Data about the characteristics of people testing positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) from the COVID-19 Infection Survey. This survey is being delivered in partnership with the University of Oxford, the University of Manchester, Public Health England and Wellcome Trust. (community in this instance refers to private residential households, and i excludes those in hospitals, care homes or other institutional settings in England)

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