What is Corona Virus? While coronaviruses are common, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus that had previously not been identified in humans. The key features of COVID-19 are respiratory symptoms with a fever and a cough. As this epidemic continues to spread throughout the world, health care workers must operate on the front lines of major outbreaks worldwide. The coronavirus outbreak that began late last year in China has now spread to 29 countries, touching every continent except South America and Antarctica. It has now been detected in almost 70 locations internationally, including the United States. The virus has been named "SARS-CoV-2" and the disease it causes has been named "coronavirus disease 2019" (abbreviated "COVID-19").
As health care workers, we are asking ourselves daily how will this affect us? To refer, we will look closely at how the virus has impacted health care workers in China. Thousands of health care workers have been infected amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. A sign of the extremely difficult working conditions for medical staffers has hardly been mentioned; although, in my opinion, they should be among those best protected against the infection.
The infections, together with the deaths of several doctors in China underscore the highly daunting, chaotic environment with which health care workers will be dealing as the infection progresses. They face long hours, changing protocols, possible shortages of medical supplies, threats to their health and that of their loved ones.
Many infections among health care workers can be prevented with the right planning, training, and protective equipment. But in China and elsewhere around the globe, the coronavirus outbreak has put a strain on medical supplies. Those shortages intensify stress level among health care workers and employees who need to protect themselves from exposure not just for their health, but to curb the spread of a pathogen. Equipment used to protect health care workers from infection is in short supply as demand and prices for personal protective equipment ( PPE), has increased drastically.
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