Looking back at RECOVER’s results so far

RECOVER is one of the 18 projects that the European Union has founded in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It brings together leading scientists and research institutions to obtain crucial unknown information about the disease through clinical research in order to help the EU fight the virus and save patients’ lives. Now, it is time to look back on the first period of RECOVER and what we have achieved so far.

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New RECOVER study explores experiences of scientists in government advisory boards during COVID- 19

In order to tackle the pandemic, governments established various types of advisory boards to provide evidence and recommendations to policy makers. Scientists working on these boards have faced many challenges, including working under significant time constraints to produce ‘evidence’ as quickly as possible. However, their voices are still largely missing in the scientific literature. In a recent qualitative study, the RECOVER social science team explores the views and experiences of scientists working on government advisory boards during the COVID- 19 pandemic, with the aim to learn lessons for future pandemic management and preparedness.

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PRESS RELEASE: ISARIC COVID-19 clinical database passes the half million patient records mark

On its 10th anniversary, University of Oxford’s ISARIC (International Severe Acute Respiratory and Emerging Infection Consortium) demonstrates the crucial role of global preparedness and collaboration for advancing knowledge on infectious disease pandemics.

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PROF. HERMAN GOOSSENS RECEIVES ESCMID EXCELLENCE AWARD 2020

The ESCMID Award for Excellence in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases is ESCMID’s most prestigious award. For 2020, the ESCMID Executive Committee selected Prof. Herman Goossens as recipient of this prestigious award. Prof. Goossens was given this award in recognition of his important contribution to research and education in the field of clinical microbiology and infectious diseases.

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PRESS RELEASE: Transforming primary care for a pandemic – a pan European perspective

European primary care rapidly adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic by deciding how to transform care delivery, despite limited training and resources, reports the first pan European qualitative study in eight countries.

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Lockdown as a last resort option in case of COVID-19 epidemic rebound

A new RECOVER study developed a modelling framework to help policymakers assess the use of lockdown as a last resort option, by determining when a lockdown should be adopted to avoid passing a predetermined ICU capacity target and by evaluating situations where a slowly growing epidemic might remain manageable for the healthcare system without the need for a lockdown.

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PRESS RELEASE: Antiplatelet therapy not effective in treating critically ill COVID-19 patients

For patients with COVID-19 who are receiving organ support in an ICU, antiplatelet therapy, either with aspirin or P2Y12 inhibitor (which were found to be equivalent), was ineffective at improving the composite endpoint of death and organ support free days when compared to no antiplatelet therapy

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RECOVER study shows transformation of primary care during COVID-19 pandemic

In May 2021, the RECOVER Social Science team has published a new study in British Journal of General Practice exploring the experiences of primary care healthcare professionals’ (PCPs) during the first peak of COVID-19 pandemic. The study was conducted in eight European countries: England, Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Greece, and Sweden, and shows the transformation of primary care during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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