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Infection Control in the Era of COVID-19: A Narrative Review

Department of Medical Sciences, Infectious Diseases, University of Turin, 10126 Turin, Italy
Department of Infectious Diseases, Cardinal Massaia, 14100 Asti, Italy
School of Medicine, Tufts University, Boston, MA 02111, USA
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Maria Bagattini
Antibiotics 2021, 10(10), 1244;
Received: 7 September 2021 / Revised: 7 October 2021 / Accepted: 11 October 2021 / Published: 14 October 2021
COVID-19 quickly became a pandemic causing millions of infections and mortalities. It required real-time adjustments to healthcare systems and infection prevention and control (IPC) measures to limit the spread and protect healthcare providers and hospitalized patients. IPC guidelines were adopted and developed based on experience gained during the MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV outbreaks. The aim of this narrative review is to summarize current evidence on IPC in healthcare settings and patients with COVID-19 to prevent nosocomial infections during the actual pandemic. A search was run on PubMed using the terms (‘COVID-19’ [Mesh]) AND (‘Infection Control’ [Mesh]) between 2019 and 2021. We identified 86 studies that were in accordance with our aim and summarized them under certain themes as they related to COVID-19 infection control measures. All the guidelines recommend early diagnosis and rapid isolation of COVID-19 patients. The necessary precautions should be taken comprising the whole process, starting with an infectious disease plan, administrative and engineering controls, triage, and PPE training. Guidelines should target modes of transmission, droplet, aerosol, and oral–fecal, while recommending control precautions. Healthcare facilities must promptly implement a multidisciplinary defense system to combat the outbreak. View Full-Text
Keywords: infection control; COVID-19; healthcare-associated infection infection control; COVID-19; healthcare-associated infection
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Shbaklo, N.; Lupia, T.; De Rosa, F.G.; Corcione, S. Infection Control in the Era of COVID-19: A Narrative Review. Antibiotics 2021, 10, 1244.

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Shbaklo N, Lupia T, De Rosa FG, Corcione S. Infection Control in the Era of COVID-19: A Narrative Review. Antibiotics. 2021; 10(10):1244.

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Shbaklo, Nour, Tommaso Lupia, Francesco G. De Rosa, and Silvia Corcione. 2021. "Infection Control in the Era of COVID-19: A Narrative Review" Antibiotics 10, no. 10: 1244.

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