You may remember MMI’s blog post about the Coronavirus from the first outbreak here in the United States that was posted on January 23, 2020. We are happy to report that we were one of the first institutions in healthcare to report on the outbreak and what it means to healthcare professionals. If you did not read the blog post, you can do so here.

Since that blog post, the latest World Health Organization (WHO) Situation Report from February 25, 2020 reports 80, 239 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed worldwide since the outbreak began at the beginning of the year. Of the confirmed cases, 77,780 cases are confirmed in China and resulted in 2,666 deaths. The virus has been reported in 33 countries total with 34 deaths recorded in Iran, Republic of Korea, Italy, Japan, Philippines, and France.

WHO released emergency use ICD-10 codes for 2019-nCoV as it has been declared officially a public health emergency of international concern. Emergency ICD-10 code U07.1 is assigned to the disease diagnosis of 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease. 

CMS is providing advice on what your practice or facility should do to prepare for an outbreak. For the time being, they are suggesting healthcare facilities should review all plans for emergency preparedness, including but not limited to, infection control policies and practices to prevent the spread of infection. 

Which includes:

  • Adhering to the CDC’s Standard, Contact, and Airborne Precautions, which includes the use of eye protection
  • Adhering to the CDC’s recommendation on standard hand hygiene practices, using alcohol-based hand rub or hand sanitizer
  • Reviewing all appropriate personal protective equipment use and availability like gowns, gloves, respirators, and eye protection
  • Remembering that the protections of HIPAA are not set aside during an outbreak or emergency

As a healthcare professional, it is important to keep track of the latest updates of the Coronavirus outbreak so be sure you are staying on top of it with reliable outlets and the CDC’s website. MMI will also continue to report with blogs as we see fit!