As Covid-19 spreads around the world, health care leaders and clinicians currently dealing with rising case rates can learn much from those organizations hit with earlier surges of infection. NEJM Catalyst has featured articles, case studies, and conversations since the early days of the pandemic on the many dierent approaches and solutions to the problems posed by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Th...
COVID-19, also known as the “novel coronavirus disease 2019,” is a respiratory illness, and the causative pathogen is officially named as “SARS-CoV-2.” Infections with SARS-CoV-2 have now been amplified to a global pandemic—as of April 3, 2020, nearly 1 018 000 cases have been confirmed in more than 195 countries, including more than 300 000 cases within the United States. Public safety guideli...
Many patients with COVID-19, the clinical illness caused by SARS-CoV-2 infection, exhibit mild symptoms and do not require hospitalization. Instead, these patients are often referred for 14-days of home isolation as symptoms resolve. Lung ultrasound is well-established as an important means of evaluating lung pathology in patients in the emergency department and in intensive care units. Ultraso...
The emergence of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has required an unprecedented response to control the spread of the infection and protect the most vulnerable within society. Whilst the pandemic has focused society on the threat of emerging infections and hand hygiene, certain infection control and antimicrobial stewardship policies may have to be relaxed. It is...
Qualitative detection of nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2 in upper respiratory specimens (including nasopharyngeal swab, anterior nasal swab, mid-turbinate nasal swab and oropharyngeal swab, nasal washes, nasal aspirates) and bronchoalveolar lavage specimens from individuals suspected of COVID-19 by their healthcare provider.
Qualitative detection of nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2 in nasopharyngeal swabs, oropharyngeal (throat) swabs, anterior nasal swabs, mid-turbinate nasal swabs, nasal aspirates, nasal washes and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid from individuals suspected of COVID-19 by their healthcare provider.