Title

Local spikes in COVID-19 cases: Recommendations for maintaining otolaryngology clinic operations

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

11-1-2020

Journal

American Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery

Volume

41

Issue

6

DOI

10.1016/j.amjoto.2020.102688

Keywords

Clinic; COVID; COVID-19; Otolaryngology; SARS-CoV-2

Abstract

© 2020 Elsevier Inc. The Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has created an unprecedented economic and public health crisis in the United States. Following efforts to mitigate disease spread, with a significant decline in some regions, many states began reopening their economies. As social distancing guidelines were relaxed and businesses opened, local outbreaks of COVID-19 continue to place person on healthcare systems. Among medical specialties, otolaryngologists and their staff are among the highest at risk for becoming exposed to COVID-19. As otolaryngologists prepare to weather the storm of impending local surges in COVID-19 infections there are several practical measures that can be taken to mitigate the risk to ourselves and our staff.

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