Editor in Chief COVID-19 response update: May 25-29

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Dear Cochrane friends and colleagues,

I am writing to tell you about Cochrane’s COVID-19 response work this week, May 25-29. You can find full information about the work Cochrane is doing on Cochrane.org.

  • Free access to Cochrane’s COVID-19 pandemic resources has been guaranteed. This includes those published to date -- including 6 Special Collections, 5 Rapid Reviews, a full Cochrane Review update, and translations of this evidence in up to 12 languages – and those to come. Learn more, and explore our research priorities for the next several months. 
  • With many in the Cochrane Community still under some sort of stay-at-home restriction, the Cochrane Training team has put together a summary of online learning opportunities that you can access. 
  • A variety of resources have been created for the Cochrane Review update “Personal protective equipment for preventing highly infectious diseases due to exposure to contaminated body fluids in healthcare staff”, including a visual summary and stop motion animation. View the resources, and read an interview with the stop motion animator. 
  • The Cochrane COVID-19 Consumer Rapid Response Group has been very successful in recruiting a large group of consumers to provide rapid input into all areas of our COVID-19 response, and they have now started actively completing tasks. A detailed update about this initiative will follow next week, but in the meantime, read further details about the initiative
  • Partnerships: We continue to work in close partnership with WHO and COVID-END. Our evidence synthesis priorities for the coming months continue to be informed through our regular discussions with teams at WHO. With COVID-END, the focus is on sharing expertise, products, tools and processes with our key partners in the evidence synthesis community to facilitate learning, build on each other’s work, and reduce duplication of effort.
  • A research group at the UTE University of Ecuador, part of the Cochrane Iberoamerica Network, has received the "General Rumiñahui" award for its work related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about the award.
  • Next week, I will begin a monthly webinar series, Join the Conversation with Cochrane’s Editor in Chief. The first session of this series, held at different times on June 4, will be largely devoted to discussing Cochrane’s COVID-19 response and hear from members of Cochrane Groups about their work. Learn more and sign up.

As we start this new phase of our COVID-19 response, we continue to rely on the collaboration and expertise of the Cochrane Community. We also recognize that as some countries begin to re-open, some Community members may have reduced availability. It is important for all of us to prioritize our work and make the best of our resources. I thank you for all the work the Cochrane Community has done thus far, and I appreciate your support as we continue to synthesize evidence relevant to this pandemic. 

Stay well. With best wishes,

Karla Soares-Weiser
Editor in Chief, Cochrane Library

May 18, 2020