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In Memoriam: Ophthalmologist Deaths From COVID-19

From the American Academy of Ophthalmology, we honour and pay our respects to ophthalmology colleagues who have died from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Name Location Age Date of Death Li Wenliang Wuhan, China 33 Feb. 7, 2020 Mei Zhongming Wuhan, China 57 Before March 3, 2020 Zhu Heping Wuhan, China 66 March 8, 2020 Marino Chiodi Bergamo, Italy 70 Before March 30, 2020   Juan Viteri Argoti Guayaquil, Ecuador 95 March 30, 2020   Saeid Azizi Zabol, Iran Unavailable Before March 31, 2020 Vicente Sánchez Garcia-Ferrández Valencia, Spain Unavailable April 6, 2020 Ana Cláudia Monteiro Divinopolis, Brazil 48 April 8, 2020 Jay M. Galst New York,  N.Y. 69 April 12, 2020 Paolo Peroni Piacenza, Italy Unavailable Before April 15, 2020 Jesús Jimenez Catalan Sr....

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PPE and Infection Control for Retinal Services : EuRetina COVID-19

EuRetina COVID-19: Personal Protective Equipment and Infection Control for Retinal Services Alistair Laidlaw, St Thomas’ Hospital, London, UKClaire Laidlaw, Intensive Care Unit, St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, UK The issue of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a source of great concern to all health and social care workers. That concern has been increased by inconsistent and changing recommendations as well as both fake and real news. Additionally there is an unfortunately great variation in the availability of PPE between and within countries, regions and cities. Many healthcare systems are still catching up with the logistics of obtaining and distributing adequate PPE to their healthcare workers. Advice on appropriate PPE is also changing rapidly. One good thing...

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Extra microscsope draping for intraocular surgery

Dr Aman Chandra,Consultant Ophthalmologist & Vitreoretinal Surgeon, Southend University Hospital, UK, demonstrates how to utilise extra miscroscope draping for intraocular surgery. Dr Chandra would like to acknowledge the assistance of his co-author Miss Louisa Wickham (Moorfields Eye Hospital, London)

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Remember: 'There is no emergency in a pandemic"

Many doctors, nurses and health-care workers will have seen this posted in the last few days. I was asked to repost this with the news on March 30th that 60 Italian doctors have died from COVID-19 ( Many nurses and other health care workers are being infected. In Spain, it is a similar tragedy. The New York Times reports that 3000 doctors are estimated to have been infected in China, and over 200 health care workers have fallen sick in New York in recent days. ( "If you do not have proper PPE, do not go in. No matter what. There is no emergency in a pandemic. You as a healthcare worker are a force multiplier. Your training and experience is invaluable moving...

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A sobering tale from an NHS Ophthalmologist

I'm a doctor with suspected coronavirus – NHS workers are being used like cannon fodder by Nima Ghadiri "I’m on day 4: high fever, muscle aches, dry cough, no sense of smell. If this is Covid-19, I may not have seen out the worst of it. The problem is, I don’t know what this is. I do not fit the current government testing criteria for coronavirus, even though I am an ophthalmologist and frontline NHS worker. This uncertainty impacts when I can return to work, as I would have been able to earlier if I knew I didn’t have it. I am in strict isolation now, and thankfully that isn’t a problem; some of my colleagues have at-risk family members...

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