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COVID-19—Looking Beyond Tomorrow for Health Care and Society

Educational Objective
To understand how to assess the affects COVID-19 will have on society and health care in the future
1 Credit CME

Just 6 months ago, the novel coronavirus now known as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and COVID-19, the severe disease it causes, were unheard of. Today, this highly contagious and dangerous virus and the widespread virulent disease it causes have resulted in major disruptions of business, education, and transportation, and have permeated and interrupted virtually every aspect of daily life. Millions of people have been affected by COVID-19, hundreds of thousands have experienced critical illness, and tens of thousands have died. Physicians, other health care professionals, and health care systems around the world have been challenged like never before in recent history.

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: Phil B. Fontanarosa, MD, MBA (phil.fontanarosa@jamanetwork.org).

Published Online: April 17, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.6582

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

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Walensky  RP , del Rio  C .  From mitigation to containment of the COVID-19 pandemic: putting the SARS-CoV-2 genie back in the bottle.   JAMA. Published online April 17, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.6572Google Scholar
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