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PERSPECTIVES
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 114-125

COVID-19 battle: Measures implemented at a tertiary eye care center in South India


1 Fellow, Department of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Pondicherry, India
2 Fellow, Department of Retina-Vitreous, Pondicherry, India
3 Chief Medical Officer, Pondicherry, India
4 Medical Officer and Head, Department of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Pondicherry, India
5 Manager, Aravind Eye Hospital, Pondicherry, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Iva Rani Kalita
Fellow, Department of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Pondicherry
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/kjo.kjo_48_20

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The spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus-2 has already taken on pandemic proportions, affecting over 100 countries in a matter of weeks. A global response to prepare health systems worldwide is imperative. Specific containment measures are needed to reduce the risk of spread while simultaneously maintaining the emergency health services. The purpose of this article is to propose the simple and effective measures implemented in our institution to ensure the minimum risk of COVID spread while taking care of the emergency patients. Effectiveness of these measures is still in the early phase of testing, but in view of lack of personal protective equipment for health caregivers, these measures could be implemented with ease and will be helpful in reducing the risk of exposure in both ophthalmic and nonophthalmic institutions.


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