In this letter to the editor, epidemiologists provide three principles of the dealing with hospital transmission of COVID-19.
Based on the perspectives of epidemiological investigators of a hospital closure in Korea due to COVID-19, three principles are offered for dealing with hospital transmission of the virus:
- Risk communication should be clearer and more straightforward (be open with decisions and rationales for decisions)
- Stakeholders should share responsibility in the crisis (exchange opinions and share decisions)
- Stakeholders should build mutual trust in the crisis (understand and respect multiple roles)
Risk communication, shared responsibility, and building mutual trust are the most important lessons learned from the COVID-19 outbreak at Eunpyeong St. Mary’s Hospital and those principles should be followed during this crisis.