Evidence Aid’s COVID-19 project: February 2021 update

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This is the 29th update on Evidence Aid’s COVID-19 project and covers the month up to 26 February 2021.


·        We are now almost one year into the project and have prepared nearly 500 short, plain language summaries covering more than 750 systematic reviews relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact.

·        The summaries are available in English, with translations into several other languages including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish; with links to all the full reviews.

·        All the summaries are freely accessible here.

·        Given the proliferation of reviews on some topics, we continue to work particularly hard on developing ‘combined summaries’ that present the findings from multiple systematic reviews, making it easier to see the evidence around a single subject.

·        Alongside the preparation of the summaries, and their publication on the Evidence Aid website, we are promoting them through our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram social media feeds (see below, if you’d like to follow us or share the posts).

Systematic review summaries: 492 summaries are now available on the website, summarising evidence from more than 752 systematic reviews, with 27 summaries added this month. There are 40 combined summaries, covering 289 reviews, with 11 combined summaries added this month (some of which are updates).

Among the new additions are summaries for Cochrane Reviews of chloroquine and signs and symptoms, rapid reviews of health messages to encourage vaccination during pandemics and epidemics and tuberculosis and COVID-19, a qualitative evidence synthesis of nurses’ experiences in acute care hospitals during a pandemic and combined summaries on pregnancy, kidney conditions and antiviral therapies.

Translations: 470 of the summaries are available in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), French, Portuguese and Spanish; with 144 in Italian and 82 in German.

Literature searches: Almost 1000 records were screened this month, adding dozens of new reviews to our pending pile, with work ongoing on 42 individual review summaries and 7 combined summaries.

Volunteers: More than 65 volunteers continue to do amazing work for the project, including 44 summary writers, 11 screeners and 14 information specialists/librarians, from over 20 countries.

Social Media channels: Twitter (@Evidence Aid), Facebook (Evidence Aid – page and group) and Instagram (evidenceaid).