It has caused death of 1,383 people across the globe and infected more than 64,000. The virus which has been officially named Covid-19 by the World Health Organization primarily targets the respiratory tract of mammals and humans.
As suspected and confirmed cases grow in China and around the world, healthcare professionals globally are reviewing their risk management programmes to ensure readiness for a potentially serious, rapid contagion.
Experts Ryan Lewis, M.D., Senior Director of Medical Affairs and Medical Safety, and Jeremy Yarwood, Vice President of Research and Development at Advanced Sterilization Products explain about the risk of Coronavirus contamination through contact with medical devices and how to prevent the spread of this disease to patients and healthcare staff.
Q CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS AND SPECIFICALLY THE 2019 NOVEL CORONAVIRUS WE’RE SEEING IN THE NEWS TODAY?
The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was first identified in Wuhan China in mid-December of 2019. 2019nCoV is believed to have come from animals in a market located in Wuhan city and transferred to humans. The coronavirus has spread widely from person to person in China and now to other parts of the globe as well.
The WHO declared the 2019nCoV outbreak a global emergency due to the number of countries outside China with infected individuals. Foreign governmental organizations including the CDC are now aiding China in containing the outbreak and diagnosing patients under investigation.
Q WE’RE HEARING A LOT ABOUT HOW CORONAVIRUS SPREADS PERSON-TO-PERSON. IS THERE CONCERN AMONG HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS CONTAMINATION ON MEDICAL EQUIPMENT USED IN THE DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT OF CORONAVIRUS?
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