Protecting Healthcare Workers During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak: Lessons From Taiwan's Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Response

Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Jul 28;71(15):858-860. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciaa255.


During major epidemic outbreaks, demand for healthcare workers (HCWs) grows even as the extreme pressures they face cause declining availability. We draw on Taiwan's severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) experience to argue that a modified form of traffic control bundling (TCB) protects HCW safety and by extension strengthens overall coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic control.

Keywords: COVID-19; healthcare workers; protection; traffic control bundling.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus / pathogenicity
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology*
  • Coronavirus Infections / virology
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Health Personnel
  • Humans
  • Pandemics
  • Personal Protective Equipment / virology
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / virology
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / epidemiology*
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome / virology*
  • Taiwan / epidemiology