COVID-19/SARS CoV-2 Infection – Its implication and safe practice pattern in ophthalmology

Kanav Gupta, Brij K Gupta, Isha Gupta


Purpose: To meet the need for safe practice guidelines for doctors that can be made available at the earliest to minimize the transmission of 2019 Novel Corona Virus (2019 n CoV) as among others, doctors, paramedical staff and health care workers are the ones at higher risk of acquiring this disease. The emergence and spread of 2019 novel corona virus (2019 nCoV) or the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus 2 (SARS CoV-2) has threatened the world and created a major new public health crisis.
Methods: Analysis of available literature, guidelines issued by various professional societies and practice patterns being followed by our colleagues and fellow hospitals has been reviewed and concise recommendations have been formulated.
Results: Most people infected with the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) virus experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people above 60 years, with co-morbid are more likely to develop serious illness. Best way to prevent and slowdown transmission is by washing your hands, using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face. At present, there is no specific vaccine or treatment for COVID-19. Among all the medical specialties, ophthalmology is one of the branches which involve very close contact with patient.
Conclusion: This review is concerned regarding the safe practice pattern guidelines for the Eye Care Organizations (ECO) so as to safe guard themselves, their staff and other patients from the point of entry to exit.

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