29 research outputs found

    The Process of Digital Transformation in Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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    Purpose: This document seeks to delve into the digital transformation of education during the COVID-19 pandemic, aiming to provide a comprehensive understanding of this evolving phenomenon's purpose and significance.   Design/Methodology/Approach: The research approach undertaken is characterized by a non-experimental, documentary, exploratory, and descriptive study methodology, which involves an extensive examination of existing literature and data to gain insights into the digital transformation in education during the pandemic.   Findings: The study's key findings revolve around the consensus in existing literature regarding the swift acceleration of the transformation of education from traditional face-to-face classes to virtual learning environments. It also highlights the implications of this transformation, particularly in reshaping teaching models and advocating for a hybrid approach encompassing both face-to-face and virtual learning.   Research, Practical & Social implications: The implications of this research extend to informing educational institutions about the need for digital adaptation, guiding policymakers in supporting adaptable learning models, and empowering educators with a deeper understanding of the changing educational landscape. Moreover, it considers the broader societal impact, including equity and access issues in education.   Originality/Value: This research is unique in its contribution to understanding the profound impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education. It emphasizes the significance of adaptability and hybrid learning models while providing a foundation for future educational research and policy development

    Robust estimation of bacterial cell count from optical density

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    Optical density (OD) is widely used to estimate the density of cells in liquid culture, but cannot be compared between instruments without a standardized calibration protocol and is challenging to relate to actual cell count. We address this with an interlaboratory study comparing three simple, low-cost, and highly accessible OD calibration protocols across 244 laboratories, applied to eight strains of constitutive GFP-expressing E. coli. Based on our results, we recommend calibrating OD to estimated cell count using serial dilution of silica microspheres, which produces highly precise calibration (95.5% of residuals <1.2-fold), is easily assessed for quality control, also assesses instrument effective linear range, and can be combined with fluorescence calibration to obtain units of Molecules of Equivalent Fluorescein (MEFL) per cell, allowing direct comparison and data fusion with flow cytometry measurements: in our study, fluorescence per cell measurements showed only a 1.07-fold mean difference between plate reader and flow cytometry data

    COVID-19 symptoms at hospital admission vary with age and sex: results from the ISARIC prospective multinational observational study

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    Background: The ISARIC prospective multinational observational study is the largest cohort of hospitalized patients with COVID-19. We present relationships of age, sex, and nationality to presenting symptoms. Methods: International, prospective observational study of 60 109 hospitalized symptomatic patients with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 recruited from 43 countries between 30 January and 3 August 2020. Logistic regression was performed to evaluate relationships of age and sex to published COVID-19 case definitions and the most commonly reported symptoms. Results: ‘Typical’ symptoms of fever (69%), cough (68%) and shortness of breath (66%) were the most commonly reported. 92% of patients experienced at least one of these. Prevalence of typical symptoms was greatest in 30- to 60-year-olds (respectively 80, 79, 69%; at least one 95%). They were reported less frequently in children (≀ 18 years: 69, 48, 23; 85%), older adults (≄ 70 years: 61, 62, 65; 90%), and women (66, 66, 64; 90%; vs. men 71, 70, 67; 93%, each P < 0.001). The most common atypical presentations under 60 years of age were nausea and vomiting and abdominal pain, and over 60 years was confusion. Regression models showed significant differences in symptoms with sex, age and country. Interpretation: This international collaboration has allowed us to report reliable symptom data from the largest cohort of patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19. Adults over 60 and children admitted to hospital with COVID-19 are less likely to present with typical symptoms. Nausea and vomiting are common atypical presentations under 30 years. Confusion is a frequent atypical presentation of COVID-19 in adults over 60 years. Women are less likely to experience typical symptoms than men

    Mortality from gastrointestinal congenital anomalies at 264 hospitals in 74 low-income, middle-income, and high-income countries: a multicentre, international, prospective cohort study