As of March 18, the case fatality rate in Italy was 8.37%. In China, 29% of the confirmed cases are health care professionals, meaning there is a high number of cases contracted within the hospital. High mortality combined with a high rate of spread within a hospital leads to the conclusion that many health care workers will get critically ill. This number can go down by using personal protective equipment, or PPE, appropriately — not reusing the same mask for days and days, for instance. COVID-19 patients must be identified early to keep down the spread of infection within the hospital setting.