Vol. 46 (x): 2020 May 5.[Ahead of print]
Eduardo Mazzucchi 1, Fabio C. M. Torricelli 1, Fabio C. Vicentini 1, Giovanni S. Marchini 1, Alexandre Danilovic 1, Carlos A. Batagello 1, Miguel Srougi 1, William C. Nahas 1
1 Setor de Endourologia, Divisão de Urologia, Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo, SP, Brasil
COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly spreading virus that is changing the World and the way doctors are practicing medicine. The huge number of patients searching for medical care and needing intensive care beds led the health care system to a burnout status especially in places where the care system was already overloaded. In this setting, and also due to the absence of a specific treatment for the disease, health authorities had to opt for recommending or imposing social distancing to relieve the health system and reduce deaths. All other medical specialties non-directly related to the treatment of COVID-19 had to interrupt or strongly reduce their activities in order to give room to seriously ill patients, since no one knows so far the real extent of the virus damage on human body and the consequences of doing non deferrable procedures in this pandemic era.
Despite not been a urological disease, the urologist needs to be updated on how to deal with these patients and how to take care of himself and of the medical team he works with.
The aim of this article is to review briefly some practical aspects of COVID-19 and its implications in the urological practice in our country.
Keywords: COVID-19 diagnostic testing [Supplementary Concept]; Urology; Practice Management, Medical; Review [Publication Type]; spike protein, SARS-CoV-2 [Supplementary Concept]