Low risk of COVID-19 from endoscopy: study

Surgical masks on both patient and doctor may be adequate protection when infection not suspected, say Italian researchers

The risk of a health professional catching COVID-19 while performing an endoscopy appears to be fairly low and the risk to patients is even lower, Italian doctors report.

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As the pandemic swept through northern Italy, the Italian GI COVID-19 Working Group conducted a web-based survey of the directors of 41 hospital endoscopy units employing 968 healthcare staff, of whom 323 were doctors.

In total, 42 staff cases were reported to have occurred during the outbreak up to the time of the survey in mid-March, amounting to 4.3%

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