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There is no routine head and neck exam during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Author(s): Chan, Jason YK
  • Tsang, Raymond KY
  • Yeung, KW
  • Abdullah, Victor
  • Ku, Peter
  • Wong, Eddy WY
  • Mehta, Nishchay
  • Orosco, Ryan K
  • Holsinger, F Christopher
  • et al.

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Head and neck examinations are commonly performed by all physicians. In the era of the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which has a high viral load in the upper airways, these examinations and procedures of the upper aerodigestive tract must be approached with caution. Based on experience and evidence from SARS-CoV-1 and early experience with SARS-CoV-2, we provide our perspective and guidance on mitigating transmission risk during head and neck examination, upper airway endoscopy, and head and neck mucosal surgery including tracheostomy.

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