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Information From NCS Regarding COVID-19

By Currents Editor posted 03-13-2020 08:52


As COVID-19 continues to evolve worldwide, the Neurocritical Care Society (NCS) will share the latest updates regarding our events to keep you informed. We’ve also included some basic information about the virus below for you to share with your patients. We will update this page as changes occur. For more information, visit the NCS COVID-19 Resources web page

What You Need to Know About the NCS 18th Annual Meeting

Currently, the NCS 18th Annual Meeting, scheduled for Sept. 22-25, 2020, in Phoenix is still being offered. As the situation with COVID-19 evolves and as the event draws closer, we will continue to address safety concerns and send you updates. 

In the unlikely event that the Annual Meeting is cancelled, registration fees will be refunded in alignment with the NCS current cancellation policy. Additionally, we have extended our Early Bird Registration Deadline to April 30, 2020, to allow you more time to receive a discount.

Helping Your Patients Understand COVID-19

What Is COVID-19?

On Feb. 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced an official name for the 2019 coronavirus disease: COVID-19. The “CO” stands for “corona,” “VI” for “virus” and “D” for “disease.”

COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus, which means it’s a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing 2019’s coronavirus disease is not the same as common coronaviruses (eg, 229E, NL63, OC43 or HKU1) that spread between people and cause mild illness, like the common cold. As such, people with COVID-19 require different treatment and management plans.

Although many people experience mild symptoms and fully recover, other patients are at a higher risk of serious complications and death from COVID-19. High-risk groups include older adults and people with chronic medical conditions (e.g., heart disease, diabetes, respiratory illness).  

The first case of the virus was in Wuhan City, China, and the virus is spreading from person to person globally. To minimize the spread of infection, many organizations and governing bodies are instituting quarantine measures to protect individuals from contracting the virus.

Healthcare professionals can learn more by reading the CDC’s healthcare professional FAQ.

Source: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

What Patients Should Do If They Become Ill

If you begin feeling ill (e.g., fever, cough), please call your personal doctor to describe your symptoms. Your doctor will recommend how you should proceed. If you have difficulty breathing or experience other life-threatening symptoms, please seek immediate assistance.  

Hygiene 101

The CDC recommends people follow the COVID-19 preventive steps below. 

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue.
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds per wash, or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Clean and disinfect your cellphone and household surfaces.

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