With issues surrounding COVID-19 grabbing headlines across the country and around the globe, ophthalmologists must understand the risks to be informed and positioned to provide quality care for their patients.
Currently, the potential risk in the office remains fairly minimal. However, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the potential public health threat posed by COVID-19 to be high, both globally and in the United States.
Travelers entering the United States also will face new protocols as cases of novel coronavirus grow around the world.
The U.S. government announced over the weekend it is expanding travel restrictions from Iran and heightening a travel advisory for certain regions of South Korea and Italy.
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