Society for Advanced Bronchoscopy Consensus Statement and Guidelines for bronchoscopy and airway management amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Posted On 2020-05-10 04:54:21

The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is a newly emerging zoonotic virus that was initially identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China on December 30, 2019 and spread rapidly via human-tohuman transmission chains that existed before containment control measures were implemented. At the time of this writing, cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by SARS-CoV-2, have been reported in 184 countries (, leading to the outbreak being classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11, 2020 (1). COVID-19 infection, in many cases, requires specialized airway management in intensive care units (ICU). Similar to the SARS pandemic in 2003, this viral infection appears to be a highly transmissible pathogen in healthcare environments, including transmission to healthcare personnel.

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