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New Recommendations for Health Care Providers: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global pandemic related to the current outbreak of a novel coronavirus — here is what nurse practitioners (NPs) need to know.

Last updated May 13, 2020. For up-to-date information, please visit this page.

The first cases of the novel (new) coronavirus were reported in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Describing a respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath, COVID-19 is different than coronaviruses that are already known to circulate among humans, including 229E, NL63, OC43 and HKU1.

COVID-19 also differs from SARS-CoV, first reported in 2002, or MERS-CoV, first reported in 2012. However, genetic analyses have suggested that the COVID-19 may have emerged from a virus related to SARS.

Illness severity has varied, with reports ranging from very mild cases (including some with no reported symptoms) to severe cases resulting in death. Older adults, people who live in nursing homes or long-term care facilities and people with severe underlying health conditions or compromised immune systems reportedly are at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) is committed to providing members with up-to-date clinical and policy resources and information related to the COVID-19 pandemic and National Emergency Declaration.

Watch this video message from AANP President Dr. Sophia L. Thomas to learn about COVID-19 prevention clinical trials and the need for plasma donation.

Learn more about clinical trials and plasma donation.

COVID-19 Policy and Practice Updates

AANP is closely tracking policy developments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

AANP is committed to keeping you up to date, including by providing details on federal- and state-issued waivers and flexibilities for NPs and increased access to telehealth. Information included is related to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) waivers, emergency state actions and licensure information and other policy guidance.

Review COVID-19 Policy and Practice Updates

Infectious Disease: COVID-19 Update

AANP is compiling educational and clinical information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, including a look at symptoms, testing, infection control, protection for health care providers and current, approved treatment options and investigational treatments.

Two patient education infographics, designed to provide information on common symptoms and tips on protecting oneself and others from COVID-19, are now available for download.

Find COVID-19 Education and Clinical Information

Teaming Up to Provide Free Hotel Rooms to Nurse Practitioners (NPs)

American Express (AmEx), Hilton and AANP have partnered to donate up to one million free hotel nights to AANP members and other front-line medical professionals. Complete your reservation through AANP to book up to seven consecutive nights free of charge.

This program ended on May 31, 2020.

What COVID-19 Needs Are You Seeing in Your Community?

AANP is engaged in ongoing discussions to ensure that The Voice of the Nurse Practitioner® is heard. Please share your experience with COVID-19 in your community, including:

  • What you are seeing in terms of testing issues.
  • If there are shortages of staff, equipment or testing kits in your area.
  • What is needed most to help you meet patients' needs.
  • What state and federal legislators and governmental agencies need to know about what you are experiencing on the front lines of health care.