Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, notes that this is the first time that China has included numbers of healthcare workers infected in the data it has provided on the spread of the epidemic.
Proper PPE for the Wuhan coronavirus includes powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs), an N95 mask, eye protection, gloves, and gown.
Human coronaviruses can remain active on surfaces such as metal, glass, or plastic for up to 9 days after exposure.
The agency uses an emergency use authorization to allow distribution of the diagnostic kits.
Responding to infectious disease outbreaks is not a novel part of infection prevention and control (IPC) work. In fact, many infection preventionists (IPs) are epidemiologists, trained in outbreak response.
The World Health Organization has just declared the outbreak a global health emergency.
In this uncertain time of constantly changing news and updates that often stress response efforts, it is important to focus on opportunities for prevention and ensuring staff have the right information.
Nancy Messonnier, MD, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases: "The situation is evolving rapidly."
Testing on human subjects could begin in 3 months.
But “it may become one yet,” warns WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.