CADTH Weekly COVID-19 Update

( Last Updated : May 4, 2020)
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CADTH is committed to supporting Canada’s health care decision-makers through this challenging and uncertain time.

We’ve collected relevant information about COVID-19 from CADTH and other respected organizations, and published it on our CADTH COVID-19 web portal. The information on this site is being updated daily to reflect the rapidly changing and growing state of the international scientific evidence related to COVID-19.

The following is a summary of the most recent materials posted to our COVID-19 portal.

Isolation Measures to Prevent COVID-19 Transmission: Clinical Evidence and Guidelines

  • This review aimed to identify available clinical evidence and evidence-based guidelines regarding home or community isolation for the prevention of COVID-19.
  • However, because it did not identify any clinical evidence or evidence-based guidelines on this topic, no conclusions can be drawn.
  • This report does, however, include other references of potential interest.

Contact Tracing for Potential Exposure to SARS-CoV-2 Virus: Guidelines

  • CADTH searched for evidence-based guidelines regarding contact tracing for people who have been in contact with a person with a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
  • No relevant evidence-based guidelines were identified; therefore, no conclusions can be drawn.
  • However, a list of potentially relevant citations can be found in the report’s appendix.

Optimization of N95 Respirator Masks During Supply Shortages ‒ Round-Up (New information posted on April 27, 2020)

  • Various strategies are being explored and suggested to increase the availability of N95 masks to address supply shortages.
  • This includes extending their use by using the masks past their shelf lives, sterilizing and reusing these masks, and more.
  • This report summarizes current recommendations and will be updated regularly as additional guidance becomes available.

Additional Resources
CADTH is also pleased to showcase additional COVID-19 resources from our partner organizations, as well as from the Canadian federal, provincial, and territorial governments’ health jurisdictions:

Canadian ministries and departments of health, publicly funded organizations responsible for health service delivery, and clinical society stakeholders are encouraged to submit a request or contact their CADTH Liaison Officer. We’re here to help.

The CADTH Weekly COVID-19 Update is intended to keep you informed about the latest information posted on the CADTH COVID-19 portal. You’re receiving this update because you’ve subscribed to our CADTH e-alert system.