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Monday, June 1, 2020

Reopening after COVID-19

Around the world, there has been a sense of cautious optimism as many countries are easing restrictions to begin reopening after months of lockdown. In the US, the prospect has led to an improved stock market. However, countries such as China, Germany, and South Korea have all seen new clusters of infections, with each monitoring the situation closely to determine the potential need for renewed quarantine measures. Many are watching and waiting with bated breath.

As the US moves forward with reopening efforts, state and federal regulatory bodies are offering guidance. Every state is in some stage of transition. Nationally, the White House issued a general guidance for both employers and individuals, which consists of three phases. Meanwhile, the CDC has released cleaning guidelines for homes, businesses, schools, and other public spaces with EPA-approved disinfectants. It also detailed surveillance initiatives to support reopening efforts, including contact tracing and infection control recommendations specific to different healthcare settings.

Despite the excitement, the world has only entered the preliminary stages of what could be a long process of reopening. For example, certain states have already reported an increase in new cases in the US. Essential employees such as nurses and other healthcare professionals have a lot of expertise to offer as these efforts continue, and Nursing2020 has included resources to support those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic:  

- https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/us-map
- https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/
- www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/covidsurge.html
- www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/public-health/covid-19-physician-practice-guide-reopening