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Clin Nucl Med ; 46(7): 571-574, 2021 Jul 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-154961


ABSTRACT: The novel coronavirus 2 pandemic is causing widespread disruption in everyday life necessitating urgent and radical adaptations in operating procedures at nuclear medicine facilities. The potential for causing severe illness, COVID-19, calls for strict observance of preventive measures aimed to mitigate the spread of the virus. The threat of COVID-19 is particularly serious as there is no vaccine and no specific antiviral therapy. Further complications are introduced by shortages of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers who have direct contact with patients and effective testing to identify infected patients, raising the need for delaying some testing and therapies. Certain vulnerable segments of the general population have been identified (advanced age and certain comorbidities), which should heighten further their preventive efforts. Therefore, this guidance is intended to be operationalized depending on a facility's specific needs and local disease prevalence.

COVID-19/epidemiology , Nuclear Medicine , Pandemics/prevention & control , Practice Guidelines as Topic , Societies, Medical , Health Personnel , Humans , Personal Protective Equipment , United States