A COVID-19 Response Playbook for Healthcare: Public Health, Hospitals & Other Providers

Coronavirus Poses a Systemic Risk to the Healthcare System

As of early April 2020, the coronavirus disease 2019, now known as COVID-19, has broken grim milestones yet to be seen in a generation of infectious disease history. Total confirmed cases of COVID-19 crossed the one million person mark, according to the Coronavirus Resource Center at Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.

The U.S. alone has recorded over one quarter of a million confirmed cases and rising. European hotspots, Italy and Spain have each recorded over 100,000 confirmed cases. Other countries like the U.K., Germany, and France were seeing rising counts. And University of Sydney forecasters predicted new coronavirus cases in Australia until July 2020, with a peak in mid-April, contingent on the maintenance of strict social distancing protocols.

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