Hospital Infection Control & Prevention – March 1, 2020
March 1, 2020
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No Treatment, No Vaccine: Infection Preventionists Must Hold Line Against Emerging 2019-nCoV
Rigorous adherence to infection control measures is critical as a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) continues to emerge globally, threatening to transmit in the community and hospitals in the absence of an effective treatment or a vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emphasizes.
CDC Guidelines for Home Isolation for Coronavirus
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued new guidelines for home care and isolation of patients with emerging 2019-nCoV.
Two U.S. Cases of Person-to-Person Transmission, More Expected
As of Feb. 13, 2020, there were 15 cases of the new coronavirus in the United States, with 13 of them infected travelers returning from Wuhan, China. There is concern that the community spread could continue, even as travel from China is being checked aggressively.
Assessing 2019-nCoV Risk to Healthcare Workers
In one of the first reports of the clear risk of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) to healthcare workers, an outbreak in a hospital in Wuhan, China, resulted in 40 infections in clinical staff caring for patients.
WHO International Emergency: A Great Wall Around China?
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the 2019-nCoV outbreak in China a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on Jan. 30, 2020. In doing so, WHO emphasized that China should not be isolated from the global community, which can happen after a PHEIC is issued.