Cochrane provides high-quality, relevant, and up-to-date synthesized research evidence to inform health decisions. Here you will find a continued update of Cochrane’s activities in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
For more information, visit the Cochrane Website
- 8 Special Collections
- 27 New and updated Cochrane Reviews
- COVID-19 Study Register of primary research studies
- Cochrane evidence in up tp 13 different languages
- Cochrane Clinical answers related to COVID-19. Read all the Clinical Answers here
Updated 30 April 2021
An update for the rapid review -International travel‐related control measures to contain the COVID‐19 pandemic - was published. Find the new version in the Cochrane Library.
The diagnostic review - Rapid, point‐of‐care antigen and molecular‐based tests for diagnosis of SARS‐CoV‐2 infection - was updated. Accurate rapid diagnostic tests for SARS‐CoV‐2 infection could contribute to clinical and public health strategies to manage the COVID‐19 pandemic. Find the new version in the Cochrane Library.
A Living Systematic Review was published by Cochrane Emergency and Critical Care -Interleukin-6 blocking agents for treating COVID-19 - Read the review in the Cochrane Library.
The Cochrane Infectious Diseases group published an updated version of this diagnostic test accuracy review - Thoracic imaging tests for the diagnosis of COVID‐19 - including 51 studies published up to 30 September 2020. Read the review in the Cochrane Library.
The Cochrane Heart group published - COVID-19 and its cardiovascular effects: a systematic review of prevalence studies- Read the review in the Cochrane Library.
Cochrane "Infectious Diseases" group published the review - Chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine for prevention and treatment of COVID‐19 - Review authors found that hydroxychloroquine does not reduce deaths from COVID-19, and probably does not reduce the number of people needing mechanical ventilation. Read the full review on the Cochrane Library.
Cochrane publishes two COVID-19 scoping reviews to inform WHO guidance - Care bundles for improving outcomes in patients with COVID‐19 or related conditions in intensive care - was published. Read this review on the Cochrane Library
and - Measures implemented in the school setting to contain the COVID‐19 pandemic - Read this review in the Cochrane Library
Cochrane Public Health published - Measures implemented in the school setting to contain the COVID‐19 pandemic - a scoping review - this is the first scoping review published on the Cochrane Library, and was commissioned by the WHO to inform their guidelines. Read this review here.
New Cochrane Supplement - Collaborating in response to COVID-19: editorial and methods initiatives across Cochrane - and accompanying Cochrane Editorial: COVID‐19: working together and making a difference for decision‐makers.
The Cochrane Group Infectious Diseases published an update to the review -Thoracic imaging tests for the diagnosis of COVID-19 - The full review is available to read in the Cochrane Library.
The Cochrane Library published an editorial - Policy makers must act on incomplete evidence in responding to COVID-19 - Read the full editorial here.
The Cochrane Acute Respiratory Infections Group published the updated review - Physical interventions to interrupt or reduce the spread of respiratory viruses -
Read the full review in the Cochrane Library.
The diagnostic test accuracy review - Routine laboratory testing to determine if a patient has COVID-19 - was published by the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group. Read the full review in the Cochrane Library.
A new systematic review - Interventions to support the resilience and mental health of frontline health and social care professionals during and after a disease outbreak, epidemic or pandemic – was published. Read the full review here.
Another Cochrane Library Special Collection Coronavirus (COVID-19)- Coronavirus (COVID-19): evidence relevant to clinical rehabilitation - was published. It will be constantly updated.
A visual summary for an updated Cochrane Rapid Review - Quarantine alone or in combination with other public health measures to control COVID-19 - was published. View the summary and the video or read the full updated review.
New Cochrane Review was published - Interventions to reduce contaminated aerosols produced during dental procedures for preventing infectious diseases
New update of the "Living" Cochrane Review - Convalescent plasma or hyperimmune immunoglobuline for people with COVID-19. Read the full review here.
Publication of the review - Prophylactic anticoagulants for people hospitalised with COVID‐19 - You can read the full review in the Cochrane Library.
Cochrane a new diagnostic accuracy review -Thoracic imaging tests for the diagnosis of COVID-19- Learn more about what a diagnostic test accuracy review explores, and read the full review in the Cochrane Library.
Cochrane publishes or updates three rapid reviews of the evidence on measures that aim to prevent potentially infected people from transmitting the virus to healthy people:
- Quarantaine, update of the review - Quarantine alone or in combination with other public health measures to control COVID‐19
- Travel-related control measures (such as border closures, partial travel restrictions and entry/exit screening) - Travel‐related control measures to contain the COVID‐19 pandemic
- Universal screening of people not seeking care for symptoms (either the general population or a targeted population based on their occupation (for example healthcare workers in hospitals) - Universal screening for SARS‐CoV‐2 infection: a rapid review
The rapid review - Oxygen targets in the intensive care unit during mechanical ventilation for acute respiratory distress syndrome - was published. This review has also been added to the Special Collection Coronavirus (COVID-19): evidence relevant to critical care. Read the Plain Language Summary and the Full Review in the Cochrane Library.
The Diagnostic Test Accuracy Review - Rapid, point-of-care antigen and molecular-based tests for diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 has been published. The review is already being updated. Read the Plain Language Summary and the Full Review.
A COVID-19 rapid review has been published - Digital contact tracing technologies in epidemics - Read the Plain Language Summary and the Full Review
A podcast with the lead author of the review - Convalescent plasma or hyperimmune immunoglobulin for people with COVID‐19 - was published. Listen to the podcast and read the Full Review.
An update for the review Convalescent plasma or hyperimmune immunoglobulin for people with COVID‐19. Originally published May 15, this is the first update to this Living review.
A new Cochrane Review : Diagnostic Test Accuracy review Signs and symptoms to determine if a patient presenting in primary care or hospital outpatient settings has COVID‐19 disease was published. Read the Plain Language Summary or the Clinical Answer.
A new Cochrane COVID-19 Rapid Review: Antibody tests for identification of current and past infection withSARS-CoV-2. This diagnostic test accuracy review shows that antibody tests could have a useful role in detecting if someone has had COVID-19, but that timing is important
8 new Cochrane Clinical Answers were published, related to the Special Collection on optimizing health in the home workplace. Read the Cochrane Clinical Answers related to COVID-19 here.
COVID-19 Special Collection Translation: All Special Collection translations are now published in the Cochrane Library and are available in at least eight, and up to twelve, languages.
A new Cochrane Rapid Review
Video calls for reducing social isolation and loneliness in older people
A new Special Cochrane Collection
Optimizing health in the home workspace
has been published. This special collection brings together Cochrane Reviews summarizing evidence for health and wellbeing when working from home
A new „Living“ Cochrane Review
Convalescent plasma or hyperimmune immunoglobulin for people with COVID‐19
was published. It is very uncertain whether plasma from people who have recovered from COVID‐19 is an effective treatment for people with COVID‐19. Several studies are still ongoing.
A new Cochrane Special Collection
Coronavirus (COVID-19) -Remote care through telehealth has been published. This Special Collection includes Cochrane Reviews that address using telehealth to support clinical management of various conditions, including asthma, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia, reproductive health, and skin cancer. It includes reviews of using telehealth to provide carer and parent support as well as empowering patient self-management of their long-term conditions.
Cochrane Chief Executive Officer Mark Wilson announced the cancellation of the
27. Cochrane Colloquium Toronto
scheduled for October 4-7, 2020 because of the continued spread and impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) across the world.
A new Cochrane Rapid Review
Hand cleaning with ash for reducing the spread of viral and bacterial infections
A new Special Collection
Regional anaesthesia to reduce drug use in anaesthesia and avoid aerosol generation
Fast Tracked Update of the Cochrane Review
Personal protective equipment for preventing highly infectious diseases due to exposure to contaminated body fluids in healthcare staff
A new Cochrane Rapid Review
Quarantine alone or in combination with other public health measures to control COVID-19
Cochrane published a COVID-19 Study Register. Cochrane's COVID-19 is a freely-available, continually-updated, annotated reference collection of human studies on COVID-19, including interventional, observational, diagnostic, prognostic, epidemiological, qualitative and economic designs.
More information about the Study Register
Go to the Cochrane COVID-19 Study Register
A new Special Collection Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Effective options for quitting smoking during COVID-19
A second Cochrane Special Collection on Coronavirus (COVID-19) was published:
Infection control and prevention measures
The first Cochrane Special Collection on Coronavirus (COVID-19) was published:
Evidence relevant to critical care