COVID-19: No longer status quo for the surgeon
Contagious viruses have plagued humanity since time immemorial. The Bubonic Plague (Black Death) and small pox in the 14th Century, Spanish Flu in 1918, and more recently HIV/AIDS, Ebola, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are those ingrained in our memory banks. The latest culprit, a close relation to both SARS and MERS, however, threatens to disrupt and collapse the very best of health systems.
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