To beat the COVID-19 pandemic, a combination of strategies for testing, treatment, vaccination, and community mitigation measures is needed. Research on protective immunity is especially important, both because current understanding is limited and because of its implications for testing strategies and vaccination.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the world how valuable and important infection prevention programs are. In addition to handling routine threats such as flu season and healthcare associated infections, infection prevention and control programs around the world have shifted into overdrive to fight the pandemic and keep communities healthy.
Because the 2020 National PA Week falls during a pandemic, it is especially significant. This year, PAs across the country have chosen to join together during National PA Week to remind the public how important vaccinations are and to encourage everyone to get a flu shot.
The confluence of COVID-19 with flu season in communities where both viruses are circulating presents significant challenges with diagnosis especially. While there has been substantial interest in the ability to diagnose COVID-19 based on symptoms, not all symptoms have been described or are well understood.