A New Name, Potential Shortages, Physician Guides, and Everything Else You Need to Know about Coronavirus This Week

February 17, 2020 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care


What's the news. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illnesses originating in China, caused by the novel coronavirus. CDC says the public health threat to the United States is low, adding that because it is flu season, healthcare providers should take preventive actions to stop the spread of germs and encourage influenza vaccination. Flu season is already stretching resources thin in healthcare facilities, says a February 7, 2020, article in the New York Times, causing public health experts to closely watch reserves of vital medicine supplies, many of which come from China.

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