As is now well-known, COVID-19 is an airborne High Consequence Infectious Disease (HCID-A) caused by the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus and now spreading globally. Distribution can be seen on the WHO situation report dashboard, updated daily.
Unlike novel flu strains (e.g. H1N1), there is no natural partial immunity in humans, so the combination of rapid spread in a non-immune population and disease severity poses a significant critical care challenge.
In common with our partner organisations, we believe that UK critical care can rise to and meet that challenge.