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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 187  

Support for health-care professionals during Wuhan Coronavirus infection outbreak


Department of Community Medicine, Dr. DY Patil University, Pune, Maharashtra, India; Department of Tropical Medicine, Hainan Medical University, Haikou, China; Department of Laboratory Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

Date of Submission06-Feb-2020
Date of Decision13-Feb-2020
Date of Acceptance13-Feb-2020
Date of Web Publication28-Feb-2020

Correspondence Address:
Viroj Wiwanitkit
Department of Community Medicine, Dr. DY Patil University, Pune, Maharashtra

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DOI: 10.4103/mjdrdypu.mjdrdypu_35_20

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Wiwanitkit V. Support for health-care professionals during Wuhan Coronavirus infection outbreak. Med J DY Patil Vidyapeeth 2020;13:187

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Wiwanitkit V. Support for health-care professionals during Wuhan Coronavirus infection outbreak. Med J DY Patil Vidyapeeth [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Jul 14];13:187. Available from: http://www.mjdrdypv.org/text.asp?2020/13/2/187/279635



Wuhan coronavirus infection is a new viral infection that causes respiratory problem. This infection caused a big outbreak in China[1] and had already been exported to many countries. Therefore, there is no doubt that the infection is a new challenge to practitioners. Health-care professionals face an occupational risk to contacting this infection.[2] Clinically, pneumonia is a dangerous respiratory infection that can spread to others and the physician who cares for the patient is exposed to the infection.[3] As Wuhan coronavirus infection is a new disease, its natural history is largely unknown. Proper diagnostic and therapeutic methods are not presently available. Although the situation is unstable and most things are not known, health-care workers are generally demonstrating courage caring for the patients.

The basic need for health-care professionals is knowledge. A good system to support the knowledge of the practitioner is needed. The necessary facilities have to be provided as well. These can help the practitioner give a good service for combating the new emerging disease. Without good necessary facilities, it is no doubt that the practitioner has concern regarding the safety in working. In a recent study on SARS, many physicians reported the feeling of unsafe working conditions.[4] During the Middle Easter Respiratory Syndrome outbreak, the emerging infection significantly caused emotional distress for the practitioner.[5] It is necessary to manage the practitioner's concern to increase the overall effectiveness in outbreak management.[4] Nevertheless, it is also necessary to have a system to promote esteem for all practitioners who show the courage to confront contagious diseases.



 
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Hsia W. Emerging new coronavirus infection in Wuhan, China: Situation in early 2020. Case Study Case Rep 2020;10:8-9.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
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Banu N. Novel Coronavirus: Concern over Health Care Professionals. Med J DY Patil Vidyapeeth 2020;13:185-6.  Back to cited text no. 2
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Gattarello S, Rello J. Severe viral pneumonia in adults: What is important for the ICU physician? Hosp Pract (1995) 2017;45:131-4.  Back to cited text no. 3
    
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Khalid I, Khalid TJ, Qabajah MR, Barnard AG, Qushmaq IA. Healthcare workers emotions, perceived stressors and coping strategies during a MERS-CoV outbreak. Clin Med Res 2016;14:7-14.  Back to cited text no. 5
    



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