In Washington State, a choir practice of 60 individuals who practiced social distancing resulted in 45 infections, 3 hospitalizations and 2 deaths.
Kevin Kavanagh, MD
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These pathogens are relentless, they are evolutionarily programed to win, and they are currently doing just that.
ACE inhibitors up regulate (increase) the ACE2 receptor. This is the receptor the COVID-19 virus uses to attack the lungs.
There are far too few trained staff assigned to infection control. IPs do not even have time to document and report infections let alone evaluate patients and conduct training.
Already, two emergency room doctors in the United States are in critical condition with COVID-19.
A CNN commentator made the alarmist statement that we may get to the point where the national guard is escorting patients to a high school gym for placement on ventilators. This is of course a ridiculously misinformed statement since we do not have enough ventilators.
Since deaths are infrequent in healthy individuals under the age of 40, it may be an effective strategy to assign younger healthcare workers to COVID-19 care responsibilities.
Preparation for the impending epidemic of the COVID-19 coronavirus is of utmost importance. The first rule of infection prevention is that the infection preventionist (IP) does not become infected.
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"Infection preventionists are frontline workers who are in an excellent position to intercept unnecessary antibiotic usage."