COVID-19 – infection prevention and control literature – October 2020 (complete)

Papers that related to COVID19 infection prevention and control from the daily COVID-19 Critical Intelligence Unit  listings for October.  You can sign up for their full evidence summaries via their website.

Peer reviewed journals

  • A systematic review on airborne transmission of COVID-19 here
  • A simulation study on the effectiveness of face masks in preventing airborne transmission of COVID-19 here 
  • A study on aerosolisation during tracheal intubation and extubation in operating theatres here
  • A rapid systematic review on the classification of aerosol-generating procedures here
  • Update to living systematic review on ventilation techniques and risk for transmission here
  •  Commentary on the transmission of COVID-19 via contaminated surfaces here
  •  The stability of SARS-CoV-2 on different surfaces here
  • The Cochrane Library updated: Clinical answers on COVID-19 infection control and prevention measures
  • An analysis of person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 and super-spreading events  here 
  • An Australian study on flight-associated transmission of COVID-19 using genome sequencing here

Letters and correspondence 

  • An updated living rapid review on epidemiology and risk factors for COVID-19 infection in health care workers here
  • The World Health Organization released guidance on health system considerations for influenza and COVID-19 in the WHO European Region here
  • • The low risk of COVID-19 transmission by fomites in real-life conditions here

Pre-peer review articles 

  • A systematic review and meta-analysis on heterogeneity in transmissibility and shedding COVID-19 via droplets and aerosols here
  • A study on the role of aerosols in the transmission of COVID-19 public spaces here
  • A rapid qualitative appraisal of frontline healthcare workers’ experiences with PPE in the UK here
  • COVID-19 Viral Loads, Environment, Ventilation, Masks, Exposure Time, And Severity : A Pragmatic Guide Of Estimates here 
  • Viable SARS-CoV-2 in the air of a hospital room with COVID-19 patients here
  • A systematic review and individual-pooled analysis of COVID-19 viral load here
  • A national survey on risk factors associated with COVID-19 infection and outbreaks in long term care facilities in England here  


  • The Cochrane Library published:
    •  systematic review on interventions to reduce contaminated aerosols during dental procedures here
    • an update on COVID-19 infection control and prevention measures here

Guidance and reports

  • ANZCA updated its statement on personal protection equipment during COVID-19 here

News and blogs

  • Nature news feature on the effectiveness of face masks here  This is actually quite a broad and sensible discussion of the evidence

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Microbiologist and Infectious Diseases Physician
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