Guidance for U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention staff for the establishment and management of public health rapid response teams for disease outbreaks : COVID-19 disease supplement
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Guidance for U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention staff for the establishment and management of public health rapid response teams for disease outbreaks : COVID-19 disease supplement

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      Since the first report of a cluster of cases of acute respiratory illness in China, the current coronavirus outbreak exacting a huge toll on individuals, families, communities, and societies across the world, resulting in a World Health Organization (WHO) declaration of a pandemic (1, 2). The COVID-19 response has highlighted the need for a multidisciplinary public health approach—with surveillance, laboratory and health care systems/networks, among others, intersecting and coordinating as part of a larger public health emergency response system. Public health rapid response teams (RRTs) are one mechanism of a larger emergency response strategy that can be utilized in a COVID-19 outbreak to ensure a fast and effective response (3, 4, 5). Reducing the time from disease detection to response limits transmission and potential population mortality and morbidity (2, 4). Thus, as countries seek to maximize their response capacity to COVID-19, this document provides guidance to streamline the RRT operations during a COVID-19 response outside the United States (6). This document aims to guide United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) staff providing technical assistance for COVID-19 RRT capacity development at the national and sub-national levels during an active COVID-19 response.

      This is a disease specific addendum to the general guidance document for RRT establishment and management: “Guidance for U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Staff for the Establishment and Management of Public Health Rapid Response Teams for Disease Outbreaks”, hereafter referred to as the “RRT General Guidance” (3). The RRT General Guidance outlines in detail the underlying RRT systems and processes, including the standard operating procedures (SOPs), requisite for an effective and efficient RRT.

      RRTManagementGuidance_COVID-19-Disease-Supplement.pdf

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      Abbreviations -- 1. Introduction -- 2. RRT Activation: COVID-19 -- 3. RRT Composition: COVID-19 -- 4. Pre-Deployment Processes: COVID-19 -- 5. Deployment Processes: COVID-19 Considerations -- 6. Post Deployment Processes: COVID-19 -- 7. Conclusion -- Appendix 1. Example Job Aid for COVID-19 RRT Responders: Case Management -- Appendix 2. Example Job Aid for COVID-19 RRT Responders: Epidemiology -- Appendix 3. Example Job Aid for COVID-19 RRT Responders: IPC -- Appendix 4. Example Job Aid for COVID-19 RRT Responders: Laboratory -- Appendix 5. Example Job Aid for COVID-19 RRT Responders: Risk Communication -- Appendix 6. Example Job Aid for COVID-19 RRT Responders: Social Mobilization -- Acknowledgements -- References.
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