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COVID-19: Caring for your patients and yourself

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By: Julie Cullen

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Journal

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak continues to evolve. New cases in the United States have been reported in California, Florida, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington state. Two deaths have occurred in the Seattle area, which currently reports 88 cases; officials believe the virus may have been circulating undetected. Globally, 90,000 infections have been reported. Florida has declared a public health emergency, and the case in New York is in Manhattan.

Nurses and other healthcare professionals are serving on the frontlines of this outbreak, putting themselves at risk of becoming infected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is providing detailed information and recommendations for healthcare workers. You can find data about how the disease spreads and advice about how you can protect yourself while caring for patients.

For more information about COVID-19, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

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