Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been classified as Class B infectious disease by the National Health Commission of the People's Republic of China, and the prevention and control measures for Class A infectious disease have been adopted for this emerging infectious disease. during the outbreak, government and health administration related departments have attached great importance to it. Medical institutions have taken a series of actions in accordance with the law to jointly prevent and control COVID-19.
In the battle against the epidemic, medical personnels rushed to the front line to take the arduous mission of protecting people's health. Retail pharmacy workforce is also an indispensable group to fight against the epidemic. They are fighting against the epidemic by fulfilling their duties behind the counter to serve the public and ensure the supply of anti-epidemic drugs and devices. Although being at great risk of exposure to the virus due to close contact with drug consumers and individuals consulted, they never flinch or slack off. Instead, they adhere to their professional ethics, make responsibility and fight against the epidemic all the time.
For the purpose of guiding retail pharmacies to further strengthen pharmaceutical care and security, then do a good job in the prevention and control of COVID-19, experts from the Pharmaceutical Care Professional Committee of Chinese Pharmaceutical Association, the Science and Technology Development Center of Chinese Pharmaceutical Association, and the Xijing Hospital of the Fourth Military Medical University compiled the "SARS-CoV-2 Infection: Expert Consensus on Guidance and Prevention and Control Strategies for Retail Pharmacy Workforce (1st Edition)”. The Expert Consensus provides professional guidance to retail pharmacies workforce ，including aspects of knowledge on SARS-CoV-2, characteristics of retail pharmacies, risks for retail pharmacies, prevention and control strategies and work guidance for retail pharmacies, and prevention of legal risks for retail pharmacies.
The release of SARS-CoV-2 Infection: Expert Consensus on Guidance and Prevention and Control Strategies for Retail Pharmacy Workforce (1st Edition)will help to develop the pharmaceutical and pharmacy security for epidemic prevention, improve pharmacy care of retail pharmacies, as well as enhance the workforce's self-protection awareness and ability, thus help retail pharmacies work in a safer and more orderly and efficient way, ultimately make greater contributions to the prevention and control of the epidemic.