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Vol 88, No 3 (2020)
EDITORIAL
Published online: 2020-06-09
Submitted: 2020-05-14
Accepted: 2020-05-17
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Stopping the SARS-CoV-2 surge in the USA-CDC recommendations and ground realities

Harpreet Singh, Tarun Popli
DOI: 10.5603/ARM.a2020.0099
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Pubmed: 32706099
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Adv Respir Med 2020;88(3):173-175.

open access

Vol 88, No 3 (2020)
EDITORIAL
Published online: 2020-06-09
Submitted: 2020-05-14
Accepted: 2020-05-17

Abstract

As of May 10, 2020, the United States of America (USA) has 1,367,079 cases of SARS CoV-2 and 80,773 deaths associated with the disease. New York alone has more than 333,000 cases and nearly 21,271 deaths. As we are trying to reopen our economies, the biggest risk we face is a surge in the immediate cases of new infections. The second wave of infection in the fall has also been predicted. As per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) latest data set, among the dead from SARS COV-2 in the USA, 80% were 65 years or older. Despite lower percentages of people living in nursing homes and the fact that they represented only 11% of total cases of SARS CoV-2 cases, the maximum death rate has been seen there. A staggering 27,700 people died in long-term facilities in the USA as per the database by the New York Times. These deaths accounted for one-third of the deaths related to SARS CoV-2, making it the most intensively hurt group of al. lThe ground reality is that unfortunately, even now, most of these facilities do not have enough tests that can stop the outbreak. We suggest special targeting of residents of long-term care facilities, and the HCPs involved in these facilities to stop the spread of SARS CoV-2. Extreme measures including the highest testing numbers should be allocated to these facilities and rigorous Infection control measures should be undertaken so that the SARS-CoV-2 virus does not enter and infect the patients in these facilities and if it does, it is limited to the facility.

Abstract

As of May 10, 2020, the United States of America (USA) has 1,367,079 cases of SARS CoV-2 and 80,773 deaths associated with the disease. New York alone has more than 333,000 cases and nearly 21,271 deaths. As we are trying to reopen our economies, the biggest risk we face is a surge in the immediate cases of new infections. The second wave of infection in the fall has also been predicted. As per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) latest data set, among the dead from SARS COV-2 in the USA, 80% were 65 years or older. Despite lower percentages of people living in nursing homes and the fact that they represented only 11% of total cases of SARS CoV-2 cases, the maximum death rate has been seen there. A staggering 27,700 people died in long-term facilities in the USA as per the database by the New York Times. These deaths accounted for one-third of the deaths related to SARS CoV-2, making it the most intensively hurt group of al. lThe ground reality is that unfortunately, even now, most of these facilities do not have enough tests that can stop the outbreak. We suggest special targeting of residents of long-term care facilities, and the HCPs involved in these facilities to stop the spread of SARS CoV-2. Extreme measures including the highest testing numbers should be allocated to these facilities and rigorous Infection control measures should be undertaken so that the SARS-CoV-2 virus does not enter and infect the patients in these facilities and if it does, it is limited to the facility.

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Keywords

SARS-CoV-2; COVID-19, coronavirus; pandemic; nursing homes

About this article
Title

Stopping the SARS-CoV-2 surge in the USA-CDC recommendations and ground realities

Journal

Advances in Respiratory Medicine

Issue

Vol 88, No 3 (2020)

Pages

173-175

Published online

2020-06-09

DOI

10.5603/ARM.a2020.0099

Pubmed

32706099

Bibliographic record

Adv Respir Med 2020;88(3):173-175.

Keywords

SARS-CoV-2
COVID-19
coronavirus
pandemic
nursing homes

Authors

Harpreet Singh
Tarun Popli

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