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Supporting the Health Care Workforce During the COVID-19 Global Epidemic

Educational Objective
To review protection requirements for Healthcare Profgessionals during the COVID-19 epidemic
1 Credit CME

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) continues to spread internationally. Worldwide, more than 100 000 cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2) and more than 3500 deaths have been reported. COVID-19 is thought to have higher mortality than seasonal influenza, even as wide variation is reported. While the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates global mortality at 3.4%, South Korea has noted mortality of about 0.6%.13

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: James G. Adams, MD, Northwestern University, 211 E Ontario St, Ste 200, Chicago, IL 60611 (jadams@nm.org).

Published Online: March 12, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.3972

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

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