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This correspondence is on a cross-sectional case-control questionnaire survey that was conducted of eye professionals with symptomatic COVID-19 in Wuhan, China. A total of 28 eye professionals were found to have contracted COVID-19 with pulmonary symptoms in this study.
This short communication reinforces the need for attention to use of PPE and diligent handwashing in the practice of ophthalmology to minimize the risk of infection.
– Kathleen Freeman, OD, FAAO
This abstract is available on the publisher's site.
The novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, caused 47 by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), has had global impact.1 Eye professionals may be at risk for contracting COVID-19 as face-to-face proximity is required to examine patients using a slit lamp or ophthalmoscope.
Here, we conducted a cross-sectional case-control questionnaire survey in the hospitals that had eye professionals with symptomatic COVID-19 (sCOVID-19) in Wuhan, where the infection first emerged. The goal of this study was to understand the incidence of sCOVID-19 among eye professionals and to improve their safety as the pandemic grows.