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    Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust London, United Kingdom
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Published:October 31, 2020DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bjps.2020.10.044
      After its emergence in December 2019, the novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19) has resulted in a global pandemic.
      • Soreide K.
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      Immediate and long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on delivery of surgical services.
      Transmission of the virus is thought to be mainly airborne during close human-to-human contact.
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      • et al.
      The Effects of a novel global pandemic (COVID-19) on a plastic surgery department.
      The average incubation period has been reported to be between 3.0 and 6.4 days.
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      Clinical characteristics and outcomes of patients undergoing surgeries during the incubation period of COVID-19 infection.
      Asymptomatic disease may represent a large number of cases, which with pre-symptomatic transmission, may explain the rapid spread of this infection.
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      • et al.
      Clinical characteristics and outcomes of patients undergoing surgeries during the incubation period of COVID-19 infection.
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      COVID-19: the case for health-care worker screening to prevent hospital transmission.
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