Leaders of nurses’ unions from 22 countries including the ANMF have co-signed a letter from Global Nurses United to the Director-General of the World Health Organization concerning the coronavirus.
The novel coronavirus, 2019‐nCoV, which has spread rapidly since it was first identified a few weeks ago, poses a threat to public health around the world. Healthcare facilities at the epicenter of the outbreak are already overwhelmed. As more and more suspected cases are identified every day, the potential for a surge in patients seeking care in communities around the world is very real. Without sufficient preparation this could overwhelm more healthcare facilities, putting patients, their families, and nurses and other healthcare staff at even greater risk.