April 12

The coronavirus can travel through the air at least 13 feet — more than twice as far as social distancing guidelines, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Research published in the federal agency’s Emerging Infectious Diseases journal shows the contagion spreading far further than previous official suggestions — and also getting spread on people’s shoes.

“The aerosol distribution characteristics … indicate that the transmission distance of [COVID-19] might be 4 m,” the report says, translating as more than 13 feet.

“Furthermore, half of the samples from the soles of the ICU medical staff shoes tested positive,” the researchers wrote of samples taken at Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan.

“Therefore, the soles of medical staff shoes might function as carriers.”

The report, based on research by a team at the Academy of Military Medical Sciences in Beijing, appears to reaffirm fears that the current social distancing guidelines of 6 feet may not be enough.

It also suggests people — especially medical staff on the frontlines — could inadvertently be spreading the bug away from its source, recommending stringent disinfecting measures.

High levels were also found on frequently touched surfaces like computer mice, trashcans and bed rails.

The CDC recommends 6 feet for social distancing, while the World Health Organization claims just 3 feet should be enough, less than a quarter of the distance the current study suggests it spreads.

2020 Medical Special Operations Conference

November 8 - 12, 2020



Annual Medical Special Operations Conference®

November 8 - 12, 2020

The Medical Special Operations Community, is proud to invite all first responders, to this year’s official Medical Special Operations Conference​® (MSOC). This year, MSOC has partnered with the State Urban Search and Rescue (SUSAR) Alliance, and together will host their respective conferences from November 8 – 12 in Columbia, South Carolina. 

The MSOC continues to be the conference that military, federal, state and local medical responders attend to share their experiences, best practices, and ideas.  Each year MSOC continues to evolve to include current hot topics, latest medical technological updates, and recent case studies from around the world.  Continuing Education Units (CEU) are available to paramedics, nurses, physician assistants and physicians.


This year, MSOC has partnered with the State Urban Search and Rescue (SUSAR) Alliance, and together will host their respective conferences November 18–21, 2019 in Wichita, Kansas. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn, network, and exchange ideas with rescue and medical professionals, leading industry equipment experts, along with other stake holders from across the country.

Countdown to MSOC 2019
Host Conference Hotel


Located at:

To be determined


Group Info: To be determined

Food and Transportation
  • Free Hot Breakfast – Start every day with make-your-own Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs, sausage, fresh fruit, oatmeal, biscuits and gravy, KELSO+BROS® coffee and more. Free hot breakfast is served daily from 6–9:30 a.m. on weekdays and 7–10 a.m. on weekends.

  • Free 5:30 Kickback®* – Join us from 5:30–7 p.m. every evening to enjoy free hot food and cold beverages at our 5:30 Kickback®. We feature a rotating menu of hot food, beer, wine, mixed drinks and soft drinks.

  • Free Wi-Fi Throughout the Hotel – Get the score, check your social networks or email family members from anywhere in the hotel – for free!

More information will be posted soon

Classes will be held at the Drury Plaza Hotel, Wichita Fire Department Training Center, and other locations to be announced.

For general information, please call 239-203-9331 or email

To become an exhibitor, please call 239-203-9331 ​or email

MSOC Schedule (click tabs to view)

MSOC board and committee meeting (by invitation only)

0800 – 1700                                      CONFERENCE COURSES and WORKSHOPS 

0800 – 1700                                      CONFERENCE COURSES (limited registration day -1)

  • Field Amputation-Sedation / Cadaver Lab                  Classroom
  • K-9 Advanced Veterinary Care Course                         Classroom
  • NAEMT – TECC Tactical Medic Course                       WFD offsite

0800 – 1200                                       MSOC CONFERENCE WORKSHOP – PRESENTATIONS                   Ballroom

  • Rescue vs Recovery – Viability and risk assessment 
  • Limited patient access skills and new technologies
  • HazMat: The Three P’s (Prevent, Protect, Pursue)
    • Special Operations HazMat during deployment
  • Intentional Mass Casualties “Low” and “High” Tech  
    • (Targeted Automobile Ramming Mast Casualty)
  • Equipping to sustain health
    • Must have cache equipment and how to pack it
  • Pediatric Disaster Response 
  • Hurricanes/Tornadoes and Floods

1300 – 1700                                    MSOC CONFERENCE WORKSHOP – Hands-on SKILLS

  • Advanced Inaccessible Patient Assessment              WFD offsite
  • Engulfment/Trench Extreme Rescue                            WFD offsite
  • Ultrasound FAST and ENT Skills                                    WFD offsite

1300  – 1700                                      EXHIBITOR SETUP

0800                                                 Presentation of the Colors                                                              Ballroom 

Pledge of Allegiance 

Moment of Silence/Invocation

Welcome/Opening Remarks

Presentation of the Jim Riley Award (SUSAR)


0930                                                 Keynote Presentation 

1030                                                 Round Table Discussion

1130                                                 Vendor/Sponsor Introductions

1200                                                 LUNCH

1300-1700                                       State of the States and Program Updates:

 SUSAR, MSOC, FEMA, EMAC, Community Update 

1830                                                 Vendor/Sponsor Social and Drawing

0800 – 1700                                   EXHIBITS OPEN

0800 – 1700                                         EXHIBITS OPEN

0800 – 1700                                         CONFERENCE COURSES (limited registration day -2)

  • Field Amputation-Sedation / Cadaver Lab                    Hospital
  • K-9 Advanced Veterinary Care Course                           WFD offsite
  • NAEMT – TECC Tactical Medic Course                         WFD offsite

0800 – 1200                                          MSOC CONFERENCE WORKSHOP – PRESENTATIONS                 Ballroom

  • Medical Management for Technical Rescue Events
    • Special Ops Response to Non-Mission Specific Assignment
  • Treating trauma with limited resources
    • Hemorrhage Control and Wound Care
  • Beyond entrapment
  • Special Operations medicine
  • Mayday! Team Member Down – update
    • Update for team member emergency response
  • Lessons learned 2019
    • Recap of 2019 do’s and don’ts

1300 – 1700                                          MSOC CONFERENCE WORKSHOP – SKILLS

  • Difficult Airway Access and Cricothyrotomy Skills       WFD offsite
  • Trauma Emergencies Skills                                              WFD offsite
  • Difficult Vascular Access Skills                                        WFD offsite

0800 – 1100                                           MSOC CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (all participants)            Ballroom 

  • Medical Considerations for Water MRP’s
  • Active Shooter- SWAT Medics and TECC
  • Advanced Hypothermia Management
  • Making the Right Call?
    • Absolute decision-making and understanding your role

1100 – 1200                                            Conference Wrap Up/Closing Ceremony                                   Ballroom 

Announcement of 2020 Conference Dates & Location

1200 –                                                      Travel Safe!

MSOC Conference Information

Participants may register by filling out the online registration form and pay by credit card or by purchase order (must contact us via email at for purchase order).

Tickets may only be purchased through the MSOC registration process. Two day courses space is limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Participants will receive proof of registration and MSOC identification that will be used as security measures during MSOC activities.  Participants must wear MSOC identification and may be asked to provide a valid picture ID as proof of registration.

Cancellation must be received in writing via email to no later than October 12, 2019. Full refunds less a $100 processing fee will be issued for cancellations received by the above date.  Any cancellation request  received later than this date will be subject to review.

MSOC Transportation will be provided – logistics will be posted here SOON.

What if i have to cancel my stay?

You can cancel until 12 pm on the day of your arrival with no charge unless otherwise stated. Cancelling your reservation after this deadline or failing to show will result in a non-refundable charge for 1 night per room to your credit card. Taxes may apply.
go to for more information.


Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport
2277 Eisenhower Airport Parkway, Wichita, KS 67209

Continuing Medical Units (CEU) / Continuing Medical Education credit will be provided.  Participants must sign in daily to receive credit.

Prisma Health develops FDA-authorized 3D-printed device that lets a single ventilator treat four patients

The impending shortage of ventilators for U.S. hospitals is likely already a crisis, but will become even more dire as the number grows of patients with COVID-19 that are suffering from severe symptoms and require hospitalization. That’s why a simple piece of hardware newly approved by the FDA for emergency use — and available free via source code and 3D printing for hospitals — might be a key ingredient in helping minimize the strain on front-line response efforts.

 The Prisma Health VESper is a deceptively simple-looking three-way connector that expands use of one ventilator to treat up to four patients simultaneously. The device is made for use with ventilators that comply to existing ISO standard ventilator hardware and tubing, and allows use of filtering equipment to block any possible transmission of viruses and bacteria.

VESper works in device pairs, with one attached to the intake of the ventilator, and another attached to the return. They also can be stacked to allow for treatment of up to four patients at once — provided the patients require the same clinical treatment in terms of oxygenation, including the oxygen mix as well as the air pressure and other factors.

This was devised by Dr. Sarah Farris, an emergency room doctor, who shared the concept with her husband Ryan Farris, a software engineer who developed the initial prototype design for 3D printing. Prisma Health is making the VESper available upon request via its printing specifications, but it should be noted that the emergency use authorization under which the FDA approved its use means that this is only intended effectively as a last-resort measure — for institutions where ventilators approved under established FDA rules have already been exhausted, and no other supply or alternative is available in order to preserve the life of patients.

Devices cleared under FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) like this one are fully understood to be prototypes, and the conditions of their use includes a duty to report the results of how they perform in practice. This data contributes to the ongoing investigation of their effectiveness, and to further development and refinement of their design in order to maximize their safety and efficacy.

In addition to offering the plans for in-house 3D printing, Prisma Health has sourced donations to help print units for healthcare facilities that don’t have access to their own 3D printers. The first batch of these will be funded by a donation from the Sargent Foundation of South Carolina, but Prisma Health is seeking additional donations to fund continued research as well as additional production.

New York will be first state to test treatment of coronavirus with blood from recovered patients

Mike Hixenbaugh
March 24

Hoping to stem the toll of the state’s surging coronavirus outbreak, New York health officials plan to begin collecting plasma from people who have recovered and injecting the antibody-rich fluid into patients still fighting the virus.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the plans during a news briefing Monday. The treatment, known as convalescent plasma, dates back centuries and was used during the flu epidemic of 1918 — in an era before modern vaccines and antiviral drugs.


Some experts say the treatment, although somewhat primitive, might be the best hope for combating the coronavirus until more sophisticated therapies can be developed, which could take several months.


“There have been tests that show when a person is injected with the antibodies, that then stimulates and promotes their immune system against that disease,” Cuomo said. “It’s only a trial. It’s a trial for people who are in serious condition, but the New York State Department of Health has been working on this with some of New York’s best health care agencies, and we think it shows promise, and we’re going to be starting that this week.”

New York has seen a dramatic rise in coronavirus cases in recent days, with about 20,000 confirmed cases and more than 150 deaths as of Monday afternoon, more than in any other state.

State health officials said they expect to get approval from the Food and Drug Administration to begin the plasma trial in the coming days. A spokesman for the FDA confirmed to NBC News that the agency is “working expeditiously to facilitate the development and availability” of convalescent plasma. And at a White House briefing last week, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn singled out the treatment as a promising option to fight the disease in the near term.

“That’s great news,” said Dr. Arturo Casadevall, an infectious disease expert at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who has been calling for widespread use of convalescent plasma. “When we started talking about this a few weeks ago, it was just an idea, and now it seems it’s going to become a reality.”


The method — essentially harvesting virus-fighting antibodies from the blood of previously infected patients — dates back more than a century, but it has not been used widely in the United States in decades. Infusions of convalescent plasma were associated with milder symptoms and shorter hospital stays for some patients during the 2002 SARS outbreak, and initial reports from China suggest convalescent plasma might also be effective in dulling the effects of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

The treatment is not without risks. There is danger in giving a patient the wrong type of blood or inadvertently transmitting other pathogens in a transfusion, but safety advancements over the past two decades have made adverse outcomes rare.

In New York, health officials said they plan to begin recruiting patients who have fully recovered from COVID-19 in the coming days. That effort, officials said, would likely start in New Rochelle, the New York City suburb that was the center of the state’s initial outbreak a few weeks ago, because of the concentration of people there who have already recovered.

Potential donors would first need to undergo tests to ensure that they are no longer contagious and to confirm that their blood contains the antibodies needed to fight the disease, state health officials said. After that, donors would go to a local blood bank to give plasma — the liquid part of blood left once cells and platelets have been removed — although the state is still working out logistical details.

New York will begin by offering the treatment only to critically ill patients. But, experts said, once it is proven safe and effective, the treatment will likely work best if given to patients before symptoms become too severe. Casadevall said past studies indicate that proactive infusions of convalescent plasma might also be effective in protecting front-line health care workers from becoming seriously ill.

Similar efforts are underway across the country as hospitals scramble to prepare for an onslaught of critically ill COVID-19 patients, similar to what’s happened in New York and Seattle.

Download the NBC News app for full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak

Doctors from nearly two dozen hospitals have joined the Johns Hopkins-led effort, Casadevall said, including researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, the Stanford University Medical Center in California and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. The researchers have been in contact with the FDA through the weekend, he said, and they hope to launch clinical trials similar to the one in New York in the coming weeks.

Michael Felberbaum, an FDA spokesman, said the agency could not comment on specific COVID-19 clinical trials. But he confirmed that the agency was working to facilitate the use of convalescent plasma.

“The agency is actively engaging with researchers to discuss the possibility of collaboration on the development of a master protocol for the use of convalescent plasma, with the goal of reducing duplicative efforts,” Felberbaum said.

COVID 19 Research

COVID 19 Research

COVID-19 Region Data

COVID-19 Numbers by Region

[covid19-ultimate-chart-variation theme="dark" height="300"]
[covid19-ultimate-status-datatable theme="dark"]

Risk Assessment for COVID-19

COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Country

COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Country | CDC

Global Health Advisory March 19, 2020

Level 4: Do Not Travel

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel.  Many countries are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice.  Airlines have cancelled many international flights and several cruise operators have suspended operations or cancelled trips.  If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite timeframe.

On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure of U.S. personnel and family members from any diplomatic or consular post in the world who have determined they are at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19 or who have requested departure based on a commensurate justification.  These departures may limit the ability of U.S. Embassies and consulates to provide services to U.S. citizens.

For the latest information regarding COVID-19, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website.

You are encouraged to visit to view individual Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security. Please also visit the website of the relevant U.S. embassy or consulate to see information on entry restrictions, foreign quarantine policies, and urgent health information provided by local governments.

Travelers are urged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. The Department uses these Alerts to convey information about terrorist threats, security incidents, planned demonstrations, natural disasters, etc. In an emergency, please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate or call the following numbers: 1(888) 407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1 (202) 501-4444 from other countries or jurisdictions.

If you decide to travel abroad or are already outside the United States:



COVID 19 News

Prisma Health develops FDA-authorized 3D-printed device that lets a single ventilator treat four patients
New York will be first state to test treatment of coronavirus with blood from recovered patients
US Military Scientists Hope To Have Coronavirus Therapeutic By Summer
Death toll rises to 22 after powerful tornadoes tear through Tennessee
June 18, 2020 12:48 pm
WHO hopes for hundreds of millions of vaccine doses this year
June 18, 2020 12:48 pm
The pandemic exposes EU weakness: Merkel
June 18, 2020 12:16 pm
Elderly woman fashions cardboard coronavirus shield
June 18, 2020 11:46 am
Elderly woman fashions cardboard coronavirus shield
June 18, 2020 10:06 am
WHO: Steroid should be kept for serious cases
June 18, 2020 12:20 am
In Tulsa, fears Trump rally may worsen crises
June 17, 2020 10:13 pm
Record-setting day for virus cases in six states
June 17, 2020 9:12 pm
Pandemic 'greatest indictment' of Trump's 'lack of leadership': Biden
June 17, 2020 6:04 pm
Biden opens up 13-point lead over Trump: poll
June 17, 2020 3:14 pm
Putin uses disinfection tunnels to screen guests
June 16, 2020 10:51 pm
Six U.S. states see record spikes in new COVID-19 cases
June 16, 2020 9:40 pm
Steroid hailed as 'breakthrough' COVID-19 drug