As is now well-known, COVID-19 is an airborne High Consequence Infectious Disease
(HCID-A) caused by the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus and now spreading globally. Distribution can be seen on the WHO situation report dashboard
, updated daily.
Unlike novel flu strains (e.g. H1N1), there is no natural partial immunity in humans, so the combination of rapid spread in a non-immune population and disease severity poses a significant critical care challenge.
In common with our partner organisations, we believe that UK critical care can rise to and meet that challenge.