Our main job is providing support to the medical staff inside the hospitals. We’re doing everything we can to keep the doctors and nurses healthy, because if they fall ill, there will be nobody to treat patients.
We have a lot of experience with infection prevention and control from the epidemics we face across the world, so we’re helping to create pathways and processes within the hospitals to ensure that staff are protected from infection and that people who aren’t infected don’t become infected.
We’re all on a steep learning curve with this disease. We have an infectious diseases specialist, an anaesthetist, and an emergency medicine expert working side by side and learning from the hospital doctors who were involved in the response from the beginning. The doctors and nurses here have been at the forefront of the epidemic and have developed a clinical capacity that is extremely valuable.
We can learn from them so we’re better prepared to fight this disease in other places. Already we’ve seen new diagnostic approaches, such as using ultrasound instead of X-ray for lung examination, that is proving far simpler.