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Addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic in Populations With Serious Mental Illness

Educational Objective
To understand the needs of populations with serious mental illness during the COVID-19 Pandemic
1 Credit CME

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic will present an unprecedented stressor to patients and health care systems across the globe. Because there is currently no vaccine or treatment for the underlying infection, current health efforts are focused on providing prevention and screening, maintaining continuity of treatment for other chronic conditions, and ensuring access to appropriately intensive services for those with the most severe symptoms.1

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: Benjamin G. Druss, MD, MPH, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, 1518 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30322 (bdruss@emory.edu).

Published Online: April 3, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2020.0894

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

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