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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 3-11

Infection control measures during COVID-19 pandemic – An otorhinolaryngological and head-and-neck perspective

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, IMS and SUM Hospital, Siksha “O” Anusandhan University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Santosh Kumar Swain
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, IMS and SUM Hospital, Siksha “O” Anusandhan University, K8, Kalinga Nagar, Bhubaneswa- 751 003, Odisha
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DOI: 10.4103/kleuhsj.kleuhsj_252_20

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Otorhinolaryngologists and head-and-neck surgeons are considered as high-risk group of health-care workers due to their nature of work for exposure to the respiratory tract. During routine assessment and treatment of patients, otorhinolaryngologists and head-and-neck surgeons with their assisting staffs inevitably come in contact with secretions of the respiratory tract which may become aerosolized at time of the sneeze or cough. All otorhinolaryngology patients must be considered as potential carriers of COVID-19. A great emphasis must be given on the history such as flu-like symptoms, travel history, and contact history with potential carriers which will help triage patients into high risk. This review article discusses the infection control measures by otolaryngological and head-and-neck perspective during COVID-19 pandemic so will serve as template for otolaryngologists and head-and-neck specialist at the time of this outbreak.

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