Cyber Crimes, Public Health Emergencies, and Everything Else You Need to Know about Coronavirus This Week

February 5, 2020 | Strategic Insights for Health System


What's the news. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it is closely monitoring the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, with 11 cases—including the first person to contract the virus without visiting China—thus far confirmed in the United States, in a February 1, 2020, update. CDC has updated its Interim Clinical Guidance for Management of Patients with Confirmed 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Infection, which notes there is no specific treatment available for 2019 Novel Coronavirus at this time and recommended management includes "prompt implementation of recommended infection prevention and control measures and supportive management of complications, including advanced organ support if indicated." Just days after saying it needed more time to make a determination, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on January 30, 2020. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared the situation a public health emergency the next day.

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