Knowledge is Power

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Rotator Graphic for af.mil. (U.S. Air Force Graphic by Rosario “Charo” Gutierrez)

The Coronavirus or Covid19 pandemic that is spreading around the world like wildfire is without question the largest single global medical emergency of our time. Over the next few months this pandemic will test health care system to their maximum . Some health systems will survive while others will collapse under the sheer pressure and weight of patient numbers.

Many systems in third world countries will not even be able to put up a fight. Second only to the speed and spread of the Covid19 virus is the speed and spread of dis-information. Inaccurate and factually incorrect snippets of information have already started to appear on social media networks driven by ignorance or poor understanding of medical science. It is your duty as healthcare professionals to arm yourself with knowledge in this fight. The incredible way in which peer review journals have accelerated and made available the collective knowledge we have about the Covid19 virus, is to be commended. Doctors, clinician and allied health care providers from effected areas have rallied to provide us with this information to prepare for what comes. Have you visited the BMJ Coronavirus resource yet?

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