Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

What you need to know

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans. 

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. 

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

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Prehospital Emergency Medical Services (EMS) – COVID-19 Recommendations

This document provides general guidance for Emergency Medical Service (EMS) preparedness and response to COVID19. At a local and state level, regulations and resource configurations may vary. In addition to these recommendations, EMS agencies should consult with local stakeholders.

COVID-19 Rx: Treatment Simulations

You are a health care provider in a developed country. Several patients await your care. These patients are suspected of having COVID-19 and have been triaged by severity of illness. We recommend starting with the mildly ill patient, but you are free to see them in any order.

WHO Clinical management of COVID-19 – Interim Guidance – 27 May 2020

This guidance document is intended for clinicians caring for COVID-19 patients during all phases of their disease (i.e. screening to discharge). It is not meant to replace clinical judgment or specialist consultation but rather to strengthen frontline clinical management.

The COVID-19 Internet Book of Critical Care

The COVID-19 Internet Book of Critical Care is an online textbook written by Josh Farkas (@PulmCrit), an associate professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Vermont.

Giving Oxygen to COVID-19 Patients in Kenya

Today, thanks to the support from our partners, we commissioned a new Oxygen Manifold we installed at the Machakos Level 5 Emergency Department to ensure oxygen is available for COVID-19 patients and all other emergency cases at the facility.

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