Safety Recommendations for Health Care Workers Involved With Head, Neck Exams, Surgery During COVID-19 Pandemic

JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery

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What The Study Did: Health care workers who come in close contact with a patient’s head and neck are particularly at risk for developing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) because of the rapid spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS- CoV-2) through respiratory droplets. This article provides safety recommendations for these health care workers regarding exams and surgical procedures based on a review of the literature and the experiences of physicians with firsthand knowledge of safety procedures during this pandemic.

Authors: Babak Givi, M.D., of NYU Langone Health in New York, is the corresponding author.

 

(doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2020.0780)

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