Changing Emergency Department and hospital organization in response to a changing epidemic



#Covid_19 epidemic requires activation of an Internal #Emergency Preparedness Plan which a greater complexity than a usual one. Read here the paper from the Academy of Emergency Medicine and Care, Italy.

THe world is facing a new pandemic that sets the national health systems, their structures and professionals in a crisis never experienced before. More than 500 articles on COVID-19 have already appeared in international medical literature, suggesting that the SARS-CoV-2 virus will be much more difficult to contain than those responsible for SARS and MERS, at least for two reasons. The first, its Reproductive Rate (RR) is 2-3 people per infected patient, the disease is therefore transmitted very efficiently and its incidence has an exponential trend. The second, it has a high mortality, between 1 and 3% (with a rate even 3-4 times higher in the elderly) and, according to Chinese estimates, an important amount of severe (14%) or critical cases (5%).