COVID-19 perspectives from three international medical journals

Best Practice Nordic | maj 2020 | COVID-19 |

Keep up with the mass amount of information about COVID-19 being rolled out online. In this perspective we present three of this week’s COVID-19 headlines from Medscape, JAMA Network & The Lancet. Read about the susceptibility and severity of COVID-19 described from the human genome, managent of ADHD during the pandemic and gastrointestinal involvement in patients with COVID-19.  JAMA Network: ADHD management during the COVID-19 pandemic COVID-19 and the related physical distancing measures are presenting many challenges for children, young people, and their families, and these challenges are likely to be considerably greater for those with ADHD. A comment brought in the journal “The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry” (JAACAP) describes how to assess and manage ADHD during the COVID-19 virus pandemic, based on the European ADHD Guidelines Group (EAGG). It is important to draw upon the strategies routinely recommended in parent-focused ADHD interventions, as well as mental-wellbeing interventions for children and young people. The inability to do routine, face-to-face clinical visits to initiate and monitor medication should not be viewed as an absolute contraindication to pharmacotherapy. Instead, if the use of medication is deemed desirable, strategies for remote monitoring should be implemented. Reed the full comment here. Medscape Medical News: Individual differences in the human genome may explain the susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2 and the severity of the disease it causes COVID-19 has shown to hit hardest on elderly people and people with other comorbidities. But severe cases of the disease have also been seen in younger individuals without any underlying medical conditions. Cases have been reported about people who have been exposed directly to the disease but who did not get infected. Some individuals need intensive medical care and others do not experience any symptoms. The irregularity and inconsistency of COVID-19 may be described in the human...