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Assessing the impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions on SARS-CoV-2 transmission in Switzerland

Original article
Lemaitre JC, Perez-Saez J, Azman AS, Rinaldo A, Fellay J
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20295

Current estimates of time-varying R0 in Switzerland well below one are promising. However, as of 24 April 2020, at least 96% of the Swiss population remains susceptible to SARS-CoV-2. These results warrant a cautious relaxation of social distance practices and close monitoring of changes in both the basic and effective reproduction numbers.

Reasons for admission in asylum-seeking and non-asylum-seeking patients in a paediatric tertiary care centre

Original article
Gmünder M, Brandenberger J, Buser S, Pohl C, Ritz N
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20252

In the last decade an increasing number of asylum-seeking children arrived in Europe and local healthcare systems have been challenged to adapt to their health needs. The aim of this study was to compare the spectrum of disease and management of asylum-seeking and non-asylum-seeking children requiring hospital admission.

Time trend of suicide in Swiss male farmers and comparison with other men: a cohort study

Original article
Steck N, Junker C, Bopp M, Egger M, Zwahlen M
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20251

The ongoing agricultural reforms present serious challenges for Swiss farmers. This study shows a higher rate of suicide in farmers compared to non-farmers in Switzerland, with the gap widening increasingly after 2006.

Statin treatment and LDL target value achievement in Swiss general practice – a retrospective observational study

Original article
Rachamin Y, Meier R, Rosemann T, Langenegger S, Markun S
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20244

Results from this study suggest that current treatment may warrant reconsideration in a large proportion of patients treated with statins in Swiss general practice.

D-dimer and mortality in COVID-19: a self-fulfilling prophecy or a pathophysiological clue?

Original article
Breakey N, Escher R
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20293

The authors present the case of a patient who was diagnosed with a pulmonary thrombotic complication during inpatient care for COVID-19. The haemostasis parameters, including increased levels of von Willebrand factor and factor VIII, point towards a relevant involvement of endothelial cells in patients with severe COVID-19.

Reply to comment on: Mumme M, et al. Tissue engineering for paediatric patients. Swiss Med Wkly. 2019.149.w20032

Author reply to technical comment
Mumme M, Wixmerten A, Martin I
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20240

Comment on: Mumme M, et al. Tissue engineering for paediatric patients. Swiss Med Wkly. 2019.149.w20032

Technical comment
Rose K, Grant-Kels JM, Neubauer D, Fumi L
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20239

Heavy energy drink consumption is associated with risky substance use in young Swiss men

Original article
Benkert R, Abel T
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20243

Chronic heavy energy drink consumers are a significant population subgroup in Switzerland and are relevant for public health due to the co-occurrence of unhealthy substance use.

Digital health and the COVID-19 epidemic: an assessment framework for apps from an epidemiological and legal perspective

Original article
Vokinger KN, Nittas V, Witt CM, Fabrikant SI, von Wyl V
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20282

Building on an existing trustworthiness checklist for digital health applications, the authors searched the literature and developed a framework to guide the assessment of smartphone and web-based applications that aim to contribute to controlling the current epidemic or mitigating its effects.

COVID-19 and telehealth: a window of opportunity and its challenges

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Nittas V, von Wyl V
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20284

Disrupted healthcare systems and the need for physical distancing seem to open a window of opportunity for a broader exposure to telehealth solutions, many of which might have the potential to improve care long after the pandemic passes.

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