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UCSF Takes Steps to Stop COVID-19 Spread, Ensure Patient Safety

Caroline Seymour
Published: Tuesday, Mar 24, 2020

I believe [the SARS outbreak] did help us [in some respects] in that it somewhat “greased the wheel” for some of the efforts we’re making now to prevent infectious disease in immunocompromised patients and [spread] between patients in hospitals. However, [efforts to prevent COVID-19 represent] a whole new level [of precaution] that has really been taken to an extreme. Most organizations are focusing 24/7 on how to contain the COVID-19 crisis and establishing the policies that need to be put in place in their institution or academic center to protect everyone that is part of the organization, including patients, providers, and staff.
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