What Nurses Should Know About COVID-19

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Coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) is a highly infectious illness caused by novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. The World Health Organization recently designated SARS-CoV-2 associated COVID-19 to be a global pandemic. The fear or spread of COVID-19 has touched every continent. The importance of understanding the drivers of COVID-19 on community health is amplified by the ability of SARS-CoV-2 to rapidly change genetic structure, our restricted knowledge about the disease, and limited or non-existent vaccines and treatment options. An understanding of basic COVID-19 epidemiology is a prerequisite for curtailing transmission, preventing morbidity and mortality, developing efficacious vaccines, implementing effective infection control protocols, and applying treatment algorithms.


Version of record published in the Journal of the National Black Nurses Association.



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