Partners HealthCare institutions are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) and is coordinating with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state public health officials to take every precaution to prepare us to provide safe care to all of our patients, including those who may present with COVID-19.

While the number of cases continues to grow worldwide, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health indicates that the risk to residents in Massachusetts remains low. As public health authorities assess, surveil and attempt to prevent the spread of infection, Partners infection control experts have been sharing important information with media:

  • Dr. Paul Biddinger, Chief of the Division of Emergency Preparedness at Mass General shares the steps the hospital has taken to prepare for pandemics, such as coronavirus. Learn more on NBC News.
  • Dr. Daniel R. Kuritzkes, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital helps answer some common questions about coronavirus. Learn more on The Boston Globe.
  • Dr. Erica Shenoy, Associate Chief of the Infection Control Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital reveals what factors may cause an individual to have a higher risk of developing severe illness from coronavirus. Learn more on
  • Dr. Karan Chhabra, a resident at Brigham and Women's Hospital discusses how the cost of healthcare may contribute to individuals not seeking treatment for coronavirus. Learn more on Newsweek.
  • Due to a shortage of medical masks Partners hospitals are advising physicians to regulate the use of N95 respirators. Learn more on The Boston Globe