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24 maart 2020

COVID-19: protecting health-care workers - Lancet

Bron: https://www.thelancet.com/action/showPdf?pii=S0140-6736%2820%2930644-9

Key messages

  • 3300 health-care workers have been infected in China as of early March
  • By the end of February at least 22 had died
  • In Italy, 20% of responding health-workers were infected, and some have died
  • As the pandemic accelerates, access to personal protective equipment (PPE) is a key concern
  • PPE shortages have been described in the most affected facilities
  • In the global response, the safety of health-care workers must be ensured. Adequate provision of PPE is just the first step. Other practical measures must be considered, including cancelling non-essentials events to prioritize resources
  • Presently, health-care workers are every country’s most valuable resource