Infection Control - February 2020

CDC warns of U.S. coronavirus outbreaks

Clusters of infection are likely in American communities


Emergency prep experts are urging Americans to stock up on supplies for coronavirus

Public health officials warn about more cases coming to the United States


UPMC, linen supplier settle fungal infection victims' families

The lawsuits accused UPMC and Paris Cleaners of negligence


Dedicated ambulance used to transport San Antonio coronavirus patient

The San Antonio case was the 15th confirmed case in the U.S.


CDC prepares for possible coronavirus pandemic in the US

Health officials say that they expect more cases to arise and are planning for the worst case scenario


Wuhan hospital director died of coronavirus

U.S. risk still considered low


California city gets court order to delay establishing a coronavirus quarantine site

The restraining order prevents transportation of anyone infected with or exposed to the coronavirus to Costa Mesa


Survey: Doctors aren't confident about U.S. preparedness for outbreak

The recent survey found that most doctors aren't very worried about the coronavirus, but their patients are


34 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the U.S.

This includes 21 cases of returning travelers, as well as 13 U.S. cases


Baby with heart condition dies after mold exposure at Seattle hospital

14 patients had developed surgical site infections from Aspergillus since 2001


Protecting staff, supplies amid coronavirus

Concerns may be contributing to a growing shortage of personal protective equipment


Study finds coronavirus may have multiple infection routes

Scientists report evidence of an oral-fecal transmission route


Scientists invent germ-fighting fabric for healthcare

The team is working to embed a germ-killing agent into hospital garments


CMS stresses infection control basics amid coronavirus outbreak

CMS sent a memo to state survey agency directors urging them to double down on compliance


Disinfecting surfaces in coronavirus outbreak

Human coronaviruses can remain active on surfaces such as metal, glass, or plastic for up to 9 days after exposure


How to care for patients with possible coronavirus

Spread is thought to occur mostly from close contact via respiratory droplets


BBC website offers visual guide to Coronavirus outbreak

The virus has killed more than 2,000 so far - more than the 774 killed in the 2003 Sars epidemic


CDC estimates the flu has sickened 22 million

There have been 210,000 hospitalizations and 12,000 deaths


Coronaviruses can survive on surfaces for up to 9 days

Study finds virus remains infectious at room temperature for more than a week


CDC estimates flu deaths at 14,000

The CDC estimates the flu has caused 26 million illnesses, 250,000 hospitalizations this season


How coronavirus compares to flu, Ebola, other outbreaks

National Geographic creates a chart to explain the comparison


New study shows how coronavirus is spreading

41 percent of the first 138 patients diagnosed at one hospital in Wuhan, China, were presumed to be infected in that hospital


U.S. hospitals, already stressed by flu season, brace for Coronavirus

With much medical equipment and drugs made in China, health experts are watching the global supply chain


Preparing for coronavirus spread

The World Health Organization, U.S. hospitals and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are all getting ready


How U.S. hospitals are preparing for coronavirus

The CDC is recommending that doctors and hospitals adopt a cautious approach


Coronavirus testing Seattleā€™s infectious disease response

After responding to the first American case of the virus, healthcare workers say they are prepared.


15th coronavirus case reported in U.S. while death toll spikes in China

China's Hubei province announced 242 new deaths from the coronavirus on Feb 13


Comparing the flu and the coronavirus

The flu has sickened an estimated 19 million people in the U.S. this season


Experts investigating whether the coronavirus can spread through bathroom pipes

Hong Kong apartment building partially evacuated over fears of spread through plumbing


Protecting long-term care facilities from coronavirus

Communication, information are key


Coronavirus might return every winter

The new virus might never leave - like the flu


Study suggests toilet flushing spreads C. diff in hospital bathrooms

Closing the toilet lid before flushing may help limit the spread of germs


Experts say coronavirus looking like a pandemic

Rising caseloads suggest the coronavirus may make its way across the world


Tracking the spread of the coronavirus

The New York Times' map tracks the progress


How will the coronavirus end?

Epidemiologists outline three scenarios


FDA tells Purell to stop claiming it can prevent flu

Marketing campaign also claims product can prevent ebola spread


China's new coronavirus hospital taking first patients

Hospital was built in 10 days


US hospitals are preparing for coronavirus outbreak

Healthcare facilities are being told to limit the number of patients they treat, but also be prepared to react if the cases spike


Flu virus has killed 10,000 so far this season

Flu activity continued to rise in the week ending Jan. 25


Past experience with MERS, Ebola can help prep for coronavirus

Hospital personnel should observe standard, contact and airborne precautions


CDC working to expanding coronavirus testing capabilities

The US has at least 11 confirmed cases as of Feb. 3


Real-time location systems can reduce hospital infections

Ensuring that healthcare workers always clean their hands before interacting with a patient is key


Worry about flu, not coronavirus, Va. doctor says

Since the start of the flu season, the Carilion Clinic in Roanoke has treated about 2,170 patients with influenza


Are U.S. hospitals ready for the corona virus?

Federal officials say they are monitoring the virus


WHO declares coronavirus a global health emergency

The coronavirus has infected more people than the 2003 SARS epidemic


CDC: Flu cases at 15 million

Flu activity up after two weeks of decline


First person-to-person transmission of coronavirus virus in the US confirmed

The husband of an Illinois woman with Wuhan coronavirus is now infected


Healthcare providers urged to have a 'high index of suspicion' when screening for coronavirus

At least five cases of the coronavirus have been detected in the U.S.



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