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What should we prepare for the next coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak? A survey on the opinions of infectious diseases specialists in South Korea

Korean Journal of Internal Medicine 2020년 35권 6호 p.1270 ~ 1278
김봉영, 박세윤, 정동식, 정숙인, 오원섭, 김신우, 백경란, 장현하,
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김봉영 ( Kim Bong-Young ) - Hanyang University College of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine
박세윤 ( Park Se-Yoon ) - Soonchunhyang University Seoul Hospital Department of Internal Medicine
정동식 ( Jung Dong-Sik ) - Dong-A University College of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine
정숙인 ( Jung Sook-In ) - Chonnam National University Medical School Department of Infectious Diseases
오원섭 ( Oh Won-Sup ) - Kangwon National University Hospital Department of Internal Medicine
김신우 ( Kim Shin-Woo ) - Kyungpook National University School of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine
백경란 ( Peck Kyong-Ran ) - Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine Samsung Medical Center Department of Infectious Diseases
장현하 ( Chang Hyun-Ha ) - Kyungpook National University School of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine

Abstract


Background/Aims: This study aimed to collect information on the opinions of Korean infectious disease (ID) experts on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and related issues in preparation for a future outbreak.

Methods: A survey was conducted over the course of 5 days (from April 21 to 25, 2020), targeting all adult ID specialists currently in the medical field in South Korea (n = 265). An online-based survey was forwarded via text message and e-mail. Only one response was accepted from each participant.

Results: Of these 265 ID specialists gotten to, 132 (49.8%) responded. The highest proportion of the respondents envisaged the current COVID-19 outbreak to end after December 2020 (47.7% for the domestic Korean outbreak and 70.5% for the global pandemic); moreover, 60.7% of them stated that a second nationwide wave is likely to occur between September and December 2020 in South Korea. N95 respirators were considered to be the most important item in hospitals in preparation for a second wave. The most important policy to be implemented at the national level was securing national hospitals designated for the treatment of ID (67.4%).

Conclusions: ID experts in South Korea believe that the COVID-19 pandemic may not be easily controlled and that a second nationwide wave is likely to occur in South Korea. Our results indicate that Korean ID specialists believe that a high level of preparation is needed in various aspects, including the procurement of personal protective equipment, to respond efficiently to a second outbreak.

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COVID-19; Communicable diseases; Korea

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