The rapid global spread of COVID‐19 presents an unprecedented crisis for the surgical community. We aimed to identify specific and ongoing challenges in the surgical community by reviewing the current available literature on COVID‐19 and surgery and analysing the social media.
The literature was reviewed following the PRISMA statement on PUBMED library, searched on May 23nd 2020, using “COVID‐19”, “COVID 19” with “surgery” syntax.
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The First Modified Delphi Consensus Statement for Resuming Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery in the COVID-19 Times2 Aug, 2020An article talking about Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery during COVID-19 pandemic.
The purpose of this study was to achieve consensus amongst a global panel of expert bariatric surgeons on various aspects of resuming Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery (BMS) during the Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. A modified Delphi consensus-building protocol was used to build consensus amongst 44 globally recognised bariatric surgeons. The experts were asked to either agree or disagree ...
Nature publishes an article talking about COVID-19 and cardiovascular disease.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by a strain of coronavirus known as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), has become a global pandemic that has affected the lives of billions of individuals. Extensive studies have revealed that SARS-CoV-2 shares many biological features with SARS-CoV, the zoonotic virus that caused the 2002 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome, includ...
Managing COVID-19 in Surgical Systems
Annals of Surgery published this paper about surgical systems.As COVID-19 spreads quickly from Europe and Asia to the rest of the world, hospitals are rapidly becoming hot zones for treatment and transmission of this disease in settings with rising community transmission. Health care workers are increasingly contracting this illness, decreasing the human resources available to care for a population in crisis.
British Journal of Surgery publishes an article talking about how surgeons adapt to new normal.
An optimized workflow is mandatory to restore surgical care to the population in the ‘new‐normal’ of COVID‐19 pandemic1-3. Our hospital was the largest tertiary centre in Beijing that continued to provide full‐ranged surgical care from January 26 through April 29. We have received 99 809 surgical outpatients and 4376 emergencies, and 5378 surgeries have been performed. We herein introduce our mo...
WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 - 23 July 2020
Good morning, good afternoon and good evening.
More than 15 million cases of COVID-19 have now been reported to WHO, and almost 620 thousand deaths.
Although all countries have been affected, we continue to see intense transmission in a relatively small group of countries.
Almost 10 million cases, or two-thirds of all cases globally, are from 10 countries, and almost half of all cas...
COVID-19: Africa needs unprecedented attention to strengthen community health systems
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Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR ) for the protection of surgeons during operative tasks: a user perspective assessment19 Jul, 2020Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR ) for the protection of surgeons during operative tasks: a user perspective assessment
British Journal of Surgery publishes an article talking about air purifying respirators for surgeons protection.The unfolding COVID‐19 pandemic has challenged surgical care where aerosol‐generating operations may expose the surgical team1-3. Optimization of theatre airflow management and the application of smoke evacuation devices have been recommended and some...
Machine learning for COVID-19—asking the right questionsComments about machine learning for COVID-19—asking the right questions are published in Lancet.
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Loss of speech or movement has become listed as serious COVID-19 symptom in the new update of WHO.
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Mortality and pulmonary complications in patients undergoing surgery with perioperative SARS-CoV-2 infection: an international cohort study19 Jun, 2020
Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has now spread to most countries, with WHO declaring a COVID-19 pandemic on March 11, 2020. The pandemic has tested the resilience of health-care systems, including hospitals, which were largely unprepared for the scale of the pandemic. Patients having surgery are a vulnerable group at risk of SARS-CoV-2 exposure in hospital and might be particularly susceptible to subsequent pulmonary complications, due to the pro-inflammatory ...
Governments around the world are responding to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with unprecedented policies designed to slow the growth rate of infections. Many actions, such as closing schools and restricting populations to their homes, impose large and visible costs on society, but their benefits cannot be directly observed and are currently understood only through process-based simulations. Here, we compile new data on 1,717 local, regional, and national non-pharmaceutical int...