Today’s Coronavirus Tracker

Current updates on association response to the global COVID-19 crisis, along with a roundup of conference, travel, and business news and information.

Spotlight on Infection Preventionists

It’s been a busy year, to say the least, for professionals in the field of infection prevention. They’ll be getting a shout-out in the coming days during International Infection Prevention Week, the annual awareness campaign by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). This year’s event runs October 18-24.

“COVID-19 has shown the world what we’ve always known—infection preventionists (IPs) are essential to keeping the world safe. In addition to all the usual suspects (healthcare-associated infections, resurgence in measles outbreaks, flu season, etc.), the infection prevention and control community is fighting a global pandemic for the foreseeable future,” APIC says on its Infection Prevention and You website.

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The association created a toolkit with social media posts, infographics, logos, videos, and other materials for IPs and others to share online. A Twitter chat (#IIPWChat) on October 20 at noon will explore how infection preventionists have helped fight the spread of COVID-19 and what the future holds for the profession.

“In light of the challenges facing the world in 2020, this year’s IIPW will focus on recognizing our IPs and the role they have played in keeping us all safe and healthy,” APIC says.

APIC’s members include many types of healthcare professionals who work in infection control and prevention, including nurses, physicians, public health professionals, epidemiologists, microbiologists, and medical technologists.

Recent Headlines

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CDC Thanksgiving Guidelines: How to Stay Safe and Coronavirus-Free Over the Holiday (CNN, 10/16/20) “The main guidance, according to the CDC, is assessing the levels of COVID-19 infections in communities to determine whether to postpone, cancel, or limit the number of people at a celebration or whether to attend certain activities. If there are high infection rates, the agency recommends limited gatherings.”

The Post-Pandemic Rules of Talent Management (Harvard Business Review, 10/13/20) “As our newly released ManpowerGroup global analysis shows, 8 in 10 workers want more remote work to attain a healthier work-life fusion. To be sure, we had been talking about the benefits of an agile, hybrid, and fluid workforce for some time, but the pandemic marks the formal entrance to the age of digital nomads and a personalized workforce, with five salient trends (and opportunities) to consider.”

The Preexisting Conditions of the Coronavirus Pandemic (Wired, 10/16/20) “A massive new accounting of the health of humans on Earth, collating and inferring stats on hundreds of diseases and injuries across 204 nations, has mostly good news. People are healthier, and they stay that way for longer. The bad news: That’s not true if those people are poor, are people of color, live in the United States, and there’s a pandemic.”

Current Incidence Statistics

Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering. Data sources include the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, and National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China, as well as local authorities, medical sources, and news reports.