How can we help our friends, family and colleagues in China?

It is a question that many MGH staff and community members have asked in the wake of the global coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak. The respiratory illness was first identified last month in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China and since has spread to thousands of people in the country, leaving hospitals there overwhelmed and in need of medical supplies
and support.

“Currently, the increased demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) throughout the nation has resulted in distributors restricting the amount of supplies health care facilities can order to prevent hoarding,” says Paul Biddinger, MD, chief of MGH Division of Emergency Preparedness. “This means that we are unable to order above and beyond our typical quantities. However, after careful review of our supplies, we have identified protective suits that are no longer used in our biothreats program, as well as masks and gloves that we will able to send to help our colleagues at our partner institutions in China.”

In addition, Mass General is sharing a toolkit of essential planning and response resources – developed for use in the MGH Biothreats Unit – with responding teams in China. “It is our hope that these expert guides will help address some of the enormous challenges they currently are facing,” says Biddinger.

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