What MEPNs need to know today about COVID-19

Dear MEPNs ,

We hope you and your families are staying well and that you are getting adjusted to the ‘Stay at Home’ orders. Here’s what you need to know about COVID-19.

The MEPN Team


Around the world and across the country, leaders are looking for how and when to lift the lockdown. Citizens are longing to get back to their normal lives. Nevertheless, as with treating the virus itself, there is no simple solution:

What is going on in other countries?


We all want an end in sight. But, if restarting America means that some people will die, what’s the exit strategy?

The answer is, of course, uncertain. Here are a few unknowns about the virus that, if solved, could give us a better idea:

What can we learn from history?


Despite initial hopes that the U.S. could open as early as Easter weekend, this has proven to be unrealistic. However, teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the CDC have created a public health strategy to combat COVID-19 and re-open parts of the country.

  • The plan does not give dates for reopening’s, but it specifies this will not happen before May 1.
  • The plan outlines three phases:
    • Until May 1: Prepare the nation to reopen with a national communication campaign and community readiness assessment.
    • Through May 15: Ramp up manufacturing of testing kits and personal protective equipment and increase emergency funding.
    • After May 15: Begin staged reopenings, depending on local conditions.


The best path forward is a cautious one. Re-opening some parts of the country before the end of April would go against guidelines in their current form.

  • Recommendation: Providers should continue to advise all patients to stay at home, and encourage patients to exercise caution not only for their own health and safety, but also of those around them.

In the end, some cities and states may recover sooner than others cities.

About kathymarsh

Associate Dean at Hahn School of Nursing University of San Diego
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