With cases rising in countries like China, Russia and UK and much debate over the possibility of a third wave hitting India in the near future, Harvard Medical School’s “Covid-19 Clinical Education Series: Clarifying Evidence Based Information”, in addition to the existing resources, attempts to focus on prevention and treatment through 16 videos.
Six of these videos have been put out on the MyGov portal dedicated to covid-19 related information. These six videos focus on covid -19 treatment ranging from management of patients isolating in home settings to the line of treatment from the asymptomatic to the severe stage of disease.
The full series available on the HMS website has domain experts addressing subjects as wide ranging as vaccines, the prevention of hospital transmission, diagnostic testing, patient risk assessment and stratification, covid-19 treatment, the complication of mucormycosis or “black fungus,” pregnancy among others. “The videos have been translated in Hindi and are available on the HMS website. We are in the process of translating the videos in other languages like Punjabi, Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada to reach a wider audience,” said Dr Anika T Singh from HMS, who is spearheading the India component of the project.
“We are aiming to share evidence and practices for covid-19 prevention and treatment for clinicians working in hard-hit regions, including India. The impact of this pandemic is exacerbated by health inequities and misconceptions about disease prevention and treatment. This project is a collaboration between Harvard Medical School and diverse members of the scientific community to disseminate timely, accurate and evidence-based information regarding covid-19 to a worldwide audience,” Senior Associate Dean for Post Graduate Medical Education, Harvard Medical School, Dr Ajay K Singh told TOI. He said that they will be updating the videos with new data and information as the pandemic evolves and work on including data from India in the series.
According to MyGov CEO Abhishek Singh, all resources linked to covid-19 and issues related to the pandemic are uploaded in keeping with the protocols of the health ministry and ICMR on the MyGov portal.