Infect Chemother.  2020 Sep;52(3):389-395. 10.3947/ic.2020.52.3.389.

Strategical Preparedness and Response Actions in the Healthcare System Against Coronavirus Disease 2019 according to Transmission Scenario in Korea

  • 1Division of Infectious Diseases, Soonchunhyang University Bucheon Hospital, Bucheon, Korea
  • 2Division of Infectious Diseases, International St Mary's Hospital, Catholic Kwandong University College of Medicine, Incheon, Korea
  • 3Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, Korea University Anam Hospital, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  • 4Division of Infectious Diseases Department of Internal Medicine, Incheon Medical Center, Incheon, Korea
  • 5Division of Infectious Diseases Department of Internal Medicine, Kangnam Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  • 6Armed Forces Capital Hospital, Seongnam, Korea
  • 7Center for Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Bungdang, Korea


The dynamic nature of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic requires us to be efficient and flexible in resource utilization. The strategical preparedness and response actions of the healthcare system are the key component to contain COVID-19 and to decrease its case fatality ratio. Depending on the epidemiological situation, each medical institution should systematically share the responsibility for patient screening, disposition and treatment according to clinical severity. To overcome fast-paced COVID-19 pandemic, the government should be rapidly ready and primed for action according to the specific transmission scenario.


Health care facilities; manpower and services; Emergency preparedness; COVID-19
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