Medical professionals and others will soon have an additional resource to help them identify, and manage and control exposure to those infected by coronavirus.  

FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness is currently working on making a web-based version of a two-hour ‘Precautions and Controls for Coronavirus’ Course it recently developed. 

The course includes a general description of the seven types of human coronavirus, including the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS Coronavirus, the Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome or MERS Coronavirus, and the Novel 19 or COVID-19 Coronavirus.  

The SARS strain of the virus sprung up in early 2000 and killed more than 750 people in 17 countries, and the MERS strain of the virus was first widely seen in 2012 and, since that time, has killed more than 2,000 in 26 countries.  The Novel 19 or COVID-19 strain of the virus is at the center of the current influenza outbreak, having infected more than 60,000 and killed more than 1,300 worldwide.

The course also includes information on how to transport, isolate and treat patients known or suspected to have coronavirus.

The web-based version of the course should be available for download from the CDP website in about two weeks.