Protecting healthcare workers from SARS-CoV-2 infection: practical indications.

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Protecting healthcare workers from SARS-CoV-2 infection: practical indications.

Eur Respir Rev. 2020 Mar 31;29(155):

Authors: Ferioli M, Cisternino C, Leo V, Pisani L, Palange P, Nava S

Abstract
The World Health Organization has recently defined the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection a pandemic. The infection, that may cause a potentially very severe respiratory disease, now called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), has airborne transmission via droplets. The rate of transmission is quite high, higher than common influenza. Healthcare workers are at high risk of contracting the infection particularly when applying respiratory devices such as oxygen cannulas or noninvasive ventilation. The aim of this article is to provide evidence-based recommendations for the correct use of "respiratory devices" in the COVID-19 emergency and protect healthcare workers from contracting the SARS-CoV-2 infection.

PMID: 32248146 [PubMed - in process]

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