april 2020 • Annals of Internal Medicine

Clinician Education and Adoption of Preventive Measures for COVID-19: A Survey of a Convenience Sample of General Practitioners in Lombardy, Italy

Fiorino G, Colombo M, Natale C, et al.

DOI: 10.7326/M20-1447

Content curation::Patrícia Horta e Cortes

Key message

Os Médicos de Família apresentam alto risco de contrair e disseminar a infeção por COVID-19, existindo necessidade de os testar e isolar, de forma a diminuir a disseminação na comunidade. É fulcral existirem medidas preventivas e EPIs adequadas, bem como orientações claras dos órgãos de saúde pública sobre como gerir doentes durante o surto de COVID-19.

Abstract

Background: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is overwhelming health care systems worldwide, and Italy is the most affected country in Europe with more than 135 000 cases as of 8 April 2020 (1). Among these case patients are more than 6000 health care professionals, and 94 physicians have died (2). Lombardy is the most severely hit region in terms of hospital overcrowding, and its health care professionals face key challenges (2). As the frontline first contact for patients with suspected infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), general practitioners (GPs) are frequently exposed...