Acta Scientific Clinical Case Reports

Opinion Volume 1 Issue 4

GI Endoscopy in the Era of COVID-19; Is it Remodelling Our Routine Practices?

Adeel Urrehman1*, Amna Subhan1 and Christopher Khor2

1Aga Khan University Hospital AKUH, Pakistan
2Singapore General Hospital, Singapore

*Corresponding Author: Adeel Urrehman, Aga Khan University Hospital AKUH, Pakistan.

Received: April 22, 2020; Published: April 30, 2020


  As of 23th April 2020, there are nearly 2.7 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 187,000 fatalities across the world due to the pandemic. Cohort studies revealed that approximately 30% of cases have no symptoms, while majority of 55% have mild-moderate symptoms that do not require hospitalization, and the remaining 10% have severe symptoms needing hospital admission, while 5% need ICU care for ventilatory support [1-3]. Mortality is variable in different regions ranging from 1.6 - 12% with overall figures of approximately 6.7%. It is a highly contagious infection with the virus testing positive in various bodily fluids as follows: bronchoalveolar lavage fluid 93%, nasal swabs 63% and feces 29% [4]. Exponential increases in infection numbers indicate how rapidly the virus has spread across the globe, infecting every country in all continents.



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Citation: Adeel Urrehman., et al. “GI Endoscopy in the Era of COVID-19; Is it Remodelling Our Routine Practices?”. Acta Scientific Clinical Case Reports 1.4 (2020): 22-23.


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