Preventing virus transmission among healthcare workers during the Middle East Respiratory Coronavirus Virus (MERS-CoV) outbreak

Added March 30, 2020

Citation: Rahman SAU. Transmission of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus infections among healthcare personnel in the Middle East: A systematic review. Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research 2018; 17(4): 731-9

What is this? Evidence on the use of personal protective equipment and infection control procedures to reduce transmission of the Middle East Respiratory Coronavirus Virus (MERS-CoV) to healthcare workers may help to inform similar strategies for COVID-19.

In this systematic review, the author searched for research on transmission of MERS-CoV Infection among healthcare workers in the Middle-East. They restricted their search to studies published in English. The manuscript was published in April 2018 but the date of the search is not reported. The author identified 4 cross-sectional studies, 3 retrospective studies, 1 prospective descriptive study, 1 case report, 1 primary case, 1 review study and 1 cohort study. Ten studies were from Saudi Arabia, 1 was from United Arab Emirates and 1 was from the Arabian Peninsula.

What works: The use of infection control procedures and protocols, which included ensuring that people with respiratory infection symptoms adhere to respiratory and hand hygiene, reduced the MERS-CoV infection rate among healthcare workers.

Rapid identification of high-risk patients with MERS-CoV and implementation of infection control precautions helped to protect healthcare workers from MERS-CoV.

What doesn’t work: Nothing noted.

What’s uncertain: Nothing noted.


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