Sunday, March 15, 2020

SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic

No doubt by now, you have been inundated with information about the virus believed responsible for the pandemic that has been designated a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization (WHO).  Much of the information is “prudent;” some may be “panic.” This pandemic virus has already been known by several names: Wuhan coronavirus, 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), and Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). For those who lived through Ebola, HIV/AIDS, SARS, H1N1, Noro, etc., they know “the drill,” so to speak. For others it may be more frightening. This does appear to be “first” for nearly the entire Sports industries to postpone or cancel sporting events. As a nurse epidemiologist, over the next few days I will pass along my understanding of what is happening and valid prevention strategies. In addition, below are some internet sites I find helpful:

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