Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): update for anesthesiologists and intensivists March 2020

The novel coronavirus severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)-CoV-2
has also reached Germany. Currently, there is no reliable information
about its future epidemiological course, the expected number of infected persons or patients who will need hospital treatment and especially the critically ill. Possible scenarios range from a manageable occurrence with a decline in spring to a major pandemia. The outbreak’s impact on public health not only depends on the clinical aspects but also on impairments in clinical pathways for other diseases. In the next weeks, every hospital needs to be prepared to face confirmed and suspected infections, bottlenecks in treatment and supplies as well as considerable staff shortages.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): update for anesthesiologists and intensivists March 2020
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