ERS – Protecting healthcare workers from SARS-CoV-2 infection
Martina Ferioli, Cecilia Cisternino, Valentina Leo, Lara Pisani, Paolo Palange and Stefano Nava
The World Health Organization has recently defined the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection a pandemic. The infection, that may cause a potentially very severe respiratory disease, now called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), has airborne transmission via droplets. The rate of transmission is quite high, higher than common influenza. Healthcare workers are at high risk of contracting the infection particularly when applying respiratory devices such as oxygen cannulas or noninvasive ventilation. The aim of this article is to provide evidence-based recommendations for the correct use of “respiratory devices” in the COVID-19 emergency and protect healthcare workers from contracting the SARS-CoV-2 infection.
© ERS 2020. European Respiratory Society
Eur Respir Rev 2020; 29: 200068
Protecting healthcare workers from SARS-CoV-2 infection: practical indications
Martina Ferioli, Cecilia Cisternino, Valentina Leo, Lara Pisani, Paolo Palange, Stefano Nava
European Respiratory Review Mar 2020, 29 (155) 200068; DOI: 10.1183/16000617.0068-2020