Nursing homes and assisted living facilities, prisons and jails, hospitals and community health centers. In nearly every setting imaginable, ID specialists are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, not only aiding in the current COVID-19 response but also preparing us for the next pandemic. We help other medical professionals diagnose and treat patients by researching the growing body of clinical evidence for best practices. We formulate guidance to prevent infections and prioritize testing and advise policymakers and the public on how to reduce the risk of infection and limit its spread. We offer best practices guidance to facility and administrative leadership and educate patients and families.
IDSA worked in collaboration with the Ad Council on its national “Mask Up, America” campaign, launched during the pandemic to increase compliance and acceptance of wearing masks as one of the main prevention measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, in addition to vaccination, social distancing and hand washing.
With funding from CDC, IDSA launched the COVID-19 Real-Time Learning Network, a curated, multidisciplinary resource guide. The Real-Time Learning Network brings together the latest clinical guidelines, institutional protocols, clinical trials data, practice tools and resources from a variety of medical subspecialties around the world.