From the Document: "The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic entered our lives without significant notice. Only a few weeks elapsed from hearing of the first reports of a novel viral pneumonia cluster in Wuhan, China to being faced with a fullblown pandemic affecting our own communities. I had recently joined the faculty as a pediatric infectious diseases physician and associate hospital epidemiologist when COVID-19 rapidly usurped our attention. Within a few days in early March, my attention shifted from defending research grant proposals, contemplating central-line bloodstream infection prevention, and completing clinical notes to assisting the hospital respond to COVID-19 full time. I found myself working with colleagues to rapidly draft new protocols, leading multidisciplinary meetings, and helping the hospital navigate the many new challenges presented by this pandemic. From the perspective of a junior faculty member, I would like to share some of the lessons I have learned from this crash course in emergency response. Though framed by the COVID-19 pandemic, these lessons will remain applicable after COVID-19 has left the main stage."
2020 Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. Posted here with permission. Document is under a Creative Commons license and requires proper attribution and noncommercial use to be shared: [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/]
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