- Cutting back on outpatient procedures may be crucial for a variety of reasons. It slows the spread of SARS-CoV-2, creates spare capacity, and helps to release staff and equipment to address COVID-19 as the outbreak spreads.
- The creation of “cold hospitals” during the pandemic of COVID-19 is an advantageous policy. It conserves personnel protective equipment and services for heavily affected areas of the country and allows the hospital to continue at least a minimum number of cases without interruption.
- The importance of adequate guidelines cannot be overemphasized. There is a need for each hospital to have specific, flexible, and evidence-based internal protocols updated to the current local epidemiological data.
- Physicians should prepare their selves to think smart and balance between surgery and non-operative management especially during the outbreak of the disease. Especially patients with comorbidities and older age can benefit from such an approach.
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