Meredith LW, Hamilton WL, Warne B, et al. Rapid implementation of SARS-CoV-2 sequencing to investigate cases of health-care associated COVID-19: a prospective genomic surveillance study published online ahead of print, 2020 Jul 14. Lancet Infect Dis. 2020;S1473-3099(20)30562-4. doi:10.1016/S1473-3099(20)30562-4
Meredith et al (2020), published in Lancet Infectious Diseases, presents the implementation of a rapid SARS-CoV-2 sequencing operation in a hospital in the UK, integrated into the hospital's existing epidemiological process. The combination of genomic and epidemiological analyses allowed the investigators to detect cryptic transmission events and identify opportunities to target infection-control interventions to further reduce health-care associated infections. This study will be our model as we partner with a hospital in Davao and investigate how we could also reduce nosocomial infections in the local setting.