Medical Advisory Team
On March 11, 2020, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham declared a Public Health Emergency in NM and invoked the All Hazards Emergency Management Act by directing all cabinets, departments and agencies to comply with the directives of the declaration and the further instructions of the Department of Health (DOH). As part of the response, the DOH launched the Medical Advisory Team (MAT), which is building a statewide delivery system to effectively manage the surge in COVID-19 cases and resources and assets as they become scarce.
The MAT consists of state officials, healthcare providers, and community members throughout NM, who are tasked with developing responding to three questions:
- How do we best use exisiting capacity and resources?
- How do we create more capacity and resources?
- How do we allocate capacity and resources when they become scarce?
The MAT would like to express its gratitude to the contributors of the UNM Global Health COVID-19 Briefings, which provides a wealth of timely, relevant research. To meet the team click here.
The MAT frequently issues assessments, guidelines, and recommendations across a range of topics such as COVID-19 clinincal care protocols, regional care coordination, and public health. To view click here.
Mask-related research: The MAT receives many inquiries from the public related to the effectiveness of masks against COVID-19. This document presents a summary of select mask-related research, going back to April 2020. COVID-19 research is evolving rapidly and not all mask-related research will be included in this resource. However, it will be updated periodically as pertinent findings becomes available. Additionally, this document outlines several research/media articles. Please note many research studies are not yet peer-reviewed.
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