Following the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) announcement that the United States should prepare for a major coronavirus outbreak, healthcare providers are planning and implementing their response. Events over the last several days have made it clear that the COVID-19 virus is present in the US and is spreading within some communities, according to Bruce Hamory, MD, Partner and Chief Medical Officer in Oliver Wyman’s Health & Life Sciences practice, and Helen Leis, Partner in Oliver Wyman’s Health & Life Sciences practice. Oliver Wyman is an affiliate of Guy Carpenter.
This is provoking major responses – including travel restrictions and school closings – from some governments. Although much is still not confirmed about the disease and how it’s transmitted, the best evidence suggests it’s spread similarly to Influenza and the common cold. It can persist in the environment under ideal conditions for several days and is resistant to some commonly used disinfectants and hand sanitizing agents.
Given that, it’s critical to think about how to protect your staff and patients while time is still on your side.