This week, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus identified the COVID-19 outbreak as “uncharted territory,” but one in which countries can still take important steps to contain their outbreaks.
The unfortunate truth is that medical workers on the front lines of this epidemic will make up a disproportionate number of cases. As we all know, anaesthesiologists and other perioperative care providers are particularly at risk when providing respiratory care and tracheal intubation of patients with COVID-19.
I would like to draw your attention to a sign-posting page on WFSA's website which highlights recommendations and precautions for providing routine care for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
We will keep this information up-to-date as and when new guidelines are published.
Meanwhile, I am sending my thoughts and personal best wishes to every single one of you who are at the front line treating COVID-19 patients on top of other patients whose treatment cannot wait, like C-sections, trauma and cancer. These are tough times not only for patients and relatives, but also for you, our colleagues.
Dr Jannicke Mellin-Olsen