What are the key things you need to know this week about Coronavirus?
This week the World Health Organization (WHO) announced an official change in name to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). Person-to-person transmission through close contact (within 6 feet) via respiratory droplets produced from coughs and sneezes is confirmed. The CDC continues to research other modes of transmission and the severity of the illness.
The threat within the US remains low as officials work diligently to identify and isolate those at risk, contain the virus, and identify contacts to minimize spread. Key resources released this week include Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators, Frequently Asked Questions about Respirators and their Use, and Healthcare Professionals: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers. For additional information and links to best practice resources and preparedness, checklists visit ANA's resource page on COVID-19
Please provide any feedback or local updates to:
Kendra McMillan, MPH, RN
Senior Policy Advisor, Department of Nursing Practice and Work Environment