As the first wave of COVID-19 cases spread around the globe in early 2020, the healthcare community adopted a medical model that emphasized the use of resources to mitigate viral spread (Oerther & Watson, 2020). Schools, churches, and businesses shutdown, and healthcare facilities – from outpatient clinics to inpatient elective surgeries – were closed or cancelled. Even long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes, limited access of visitors to patients in an attempt at mitigation. And for six months, the healthcare community focused almost exclusively on a medical response to COVID-19, securing stockpiles of ventilators and fast-tracking vaccine development.
S. Oerther and D. B. Oerther, "Leading Change during the Convergence of an Epidemic and a Pandemic," Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol. 76, no. 12, pp. 3215 - 3217, Wiley, Dec 2020.
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