UK – COVID-19: NICE updates guideline as Sanofi announces vaccine development

As of this morning - Monday 30th March - the current recorded case count for COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the UK has hit 19,522, with 1,228 deaths.

As the number of deaths in the UK more than doubled over the weekend, The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has updated its rapid COVID-19 critical care guideline.

The organisation previously said that all adults on admission to hospital, irrespective of COVID-19 status, should be assessed for frailty using the Clinical Frailty Scale (CFS) and that comorbidities and underlying health conditions should be considered.

It also said that the risks and benefits and likely outcomes should be discussed with patients, carers or advocates and families using decision support tools (where available) so that they can make informed decisions about their treatment wherever possible…