OTOLARYNGOLOGY AND COVID-19: NAVIGATING A MINEFIELD

  • Shoaib Ahmed CombinedMilitary Hospital/National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS)Rawalpindi Pakistan
Keywords: COVID-19, Clinical practice guidelines, Emergency procedures, Otolaryngology, SARS-COV-2, Training

Abstract

The 2019 novel corona virus disease (COVID-19) is caused by SARS-CoV2 virus. It is a highly contagious that has spread globally since December 2019. The main reservoir of the virus is upper respiratory tract (URT) mucosa; hence ENT specialists are exposed to the greatest risk of infection. Here, information is provided on all aspects of otolaryngology practice that is being followed during this pandemic. Few specialties’ have been so drastically affected in this pandemic as otolaryngology. Suspension of all elective procedures, individualized decision making for cancers, establishment of telemedicine clinics and protection of health care workers have been the global hallmark of otolaryngology practice. Unique challenges related to relentless exposure to viral loads as well as potential hazards arise on a daily basis in this rapidly evolving pandemic. Meaningful data from global research efforts helps to direct diagnosis, management protocols and improved care of afflicted patients. Certain
innovative practices and out of box solutions help to offer some measure of training of residents.


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Published
2020-09-14
How to Cite
Ahmed, S. (2020). OTOLARYNGOLOGY AND COVID-19: NAVIGATING A MINEFIELD. Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Journal (PAFMJ), 70(2), S648-53. Retrieved from https://mail.pafmj.org/index.php/PAFMJ/article/view/5325
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Review Articles