In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Johns Hopkins is preparing in the event the need arises to treat a patient who has the virus. Respiratory disease specialist Brian Garibaldi, who directs the Johns Hopkins Biocontainment Unit (BCU), explains how Johns Hopkins Medicine is responding to this new illness.
What is Johns Hopkins Medicine doing to prepare for a possible outbreak of COVID-19?
买彩票必中秘诀teams throughout the johns hopkins health system are focusing on caring for patients. we are prepared to identify, isolate and inform our state health department about any potential cases of covid-19. our health system has set up appropriate screenings at all entry points, and we are providing guidance to our staff members on how to deal with the possibility of covid-19 cases.
买彩票必中秘诀all our affiliated hospitals are preparing to provide care for patients with covid-19 using current guidance from the centers for disease control and prevention (cdc) and our health system infection prevention team. we also stand ready as a resource to our state and regional partners to provide assistance to care for patients with confirmed covid-19 who might require a higher level of care.
Does Johns Hopkins have a special facility to handle patients with COVID-19?
买彩票必中秘诀based on the current information available, patients diagnosed with covid-19 should be cared for in a designated isolated area away from other patients using infection control practices outlined by the cdc. we have several areas in the hospital that can safely provide care for patients with respiratory viral diseases.
one area, the johns hopkins bcu, is the only one like it in the mid-atlantic region, and it is equipped to isolate and treat patients during an outbreak of a contagious virus. such units are not necessary to care for patients with covid-19; however, the bcu’s capabilities make it a great resource for isolating patients when necessary.
买彩票必中秘诀teams of johns hopkins specialists in infectious disease, critical care, emergency medicine and public health work at the same location here in baltimore. many johns hopkins doctors and staff members work with colleagues at the cdc, the national institutes of health and the world health organization, as well as our local health department. we can confer with one another to make the best use of new information about covid-19, clarify confusion among the public and help patients.
What happens if someone with COVID-19 is sent to our hospital?
买彩票必中秘诀samples would be collected in the patient room and then sent to be tested.
买彩票必中秘诀there is no approved vaccine or treatment for covid-19. patients will receive supportive care, as they would for other respiratory viral illnesses. experimental therapies may become available as we learn more about the new virus.
What should I do if I feel sick?
if you have a fever or any kind of respiratory difficulty such as coughing or shortness of breath, call your doctor or a health care provider and explain your symptoms over the phone before going to the doctor’s office, urgent care facility or emergency room.
over the phone, be sure to tell them if you have traveled outside the country in the last 14 days, particularly to countries affected by covid-19 (currently china, iran, italy, japan and south korea). also, be sure to tell them if you suspect you have been close (within 6 feet) of someone who has covid-19 for an extended period. your health care provider or the emergency room team will recommend next steps.
买彩票必中秘诀if you have a medical emergency, call 911 and let them know about your symptoms and recent travel history.