Os Desafios dos Hospitais Perante a COVID-19 e a Gripe Sazonal Durante o Outono-Inverno de 2020/2021

Translated title of the contribution: COVID-19 and Seasonal Flu During the Autumn-Winter of 2020/2021 and the Challenges Lying Ahead for Hospitals

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Abstract

The possibility of a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic coexisting with a simultaneous epidemic of influenza and the co-circulation of other seasonal respiratory viruses sets the stage for a perfect storm. Preparing for the Autumn-Winter of 2020/2021 is complex, requiring centralized guidance but local and regional solutions, with strong leadership and a high level of coordination. It is essential to act upstream of hospitals in order to reduce demand on emergency departments, minimizing the risk of transmission that occurs there and the team overload, as well as downstream to ensure capacity for hospitalization and in the hospital itself to optimize resources and organization. The failure of this plan will create unbearable pressure on hospital care. The authors describe the challenges lying ahead for hospitals and the most important measures that should be included in this plan to prepare the Autumn-Winter of 2020/2021 in Portugal.

Translated title of the contributionCOVID-19 and Seasonal Flu During the Autumn-Winter of 2020/2021 and the Challenges Lying Ahead for Hospitals
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)716-719
Number of pages4
JournalActa medica portuguesa
Volume33
Issue number11
Early online date6 Oct 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Emergency Service
  • Hospital
  • Influenza
  • Human
  • Seasons

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