February 26, 2020

CDC urges communities, hospitals to prepare for spread of coronavirus

By: Judy Mathias

Editor's Note

In a February 25 telebriefing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) will spread in the US, and hospitals and communities should begin ramping up their preparedness efforts, AHA Today reports.

The CDC urged communities to implement non-pharmaceutical interventions or community mitigation measures to slow the coronavirus spread and emphasized that hospitals may need to add telehealth options and delay elective surgeries.

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The National Institutes of Health also announced a clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of the investigational antiviral drug remdesivir to treat COVID-19.


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