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Novel Coronavirus COVID-19: An Overview for Emergency Clinicians - EXTRA Supplement
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Publication Date: February 2020 (Volume 17, Supplement 1)

CME Credits: CME credit is not offered for this activity. This course is included with an Emergency Medicine Practice subscription

Authors

AL Giwa LLB, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAAEM
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
 
Akash Desai, MD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
 

Peer Reviewers

Andy Jagoda, MD, FACEP
Professor and Chair Emeritus, Department of Emergency Medicine; Director, Center for Emergency Medicine Education and Research, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY

Abstract

  • The mortality rate of COVID-19 appears to be between 2% to 4%. This would make the COVID-19 the least deadly of the 3 most pathogenic human coronaviruses.
  • The relatively lower mortality rate of COVID-19 may be outweighed by its virulence.
  • 29% of the confirmed NCIP patients were active health professionals, and 12.3% were hospitalized patients, suggesting an alarming 41% rate of nosocomial spread.

Excerpt From This Issue

A 42-year-old man presents to your ED triage area with a high-grade fever (39.6°C [103.3°F]), cough, and fatigue for 1 week. He said that the week prior he was at a conference in Shanghai and took a city bus tour with some people who were coughing excessively, and not all were wearing masks. The triage nurses immediately recognize the risk, place a mask on the patient, place him in a negative pressure room, and inform you that the patient is ready to be seen. You wonder what to do with the other 10 patients who were sitting near the patient while he was waiting to be triaged and what you should do next...

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