How to care for patients with possible coronavirus

February 21, 2020

Coronavirus is thought to be spread mostly from close contact via respiratory droplets. Close contact can occur while caring for a patient and having direct contact with infectious secretions, according to an article on the Homeland Security Today website.

If close contact occurs while not wearing all recommended PPE, healthcare personnel may be at risk of infection.

Healthcare personnel caring for patients with confirmed or possible 2019-nCoV should adhere to CDC recommendations for infection prevention and control.

Routine cleaning and disinfection procedures are appropriate for coronavirus in healthcare settings, including those patient-care areas in which aerosol-generating procedures are performed. 

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