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Minerva Urol Nefrol. Urology practice during COVID-19 pandemic

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  • Minerva Urol Nefrol. Urology practice during COVID-19 pandemic

    Minerva Urol Nefrol. 2020 Mar 23. doi: 10.23736/S0393-2249.20.03846-1. [Epub ahead of print]
    Urology practice during COVID-19 pandemic.

    Ficarra V1, Novara G2, Abrate A3, Bartoletti R4, Crestani A5, De Nunzio C6, Giannarini G7, Gregori A8, Liguori G9, Mirone V10, Pavan N9, Scarpa RM11, Simonato A3,12, Trombetta C9, Tubaro A6, Porpiglia F13; Members of the Research Urology Network (RUN).

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    The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 and the disease it causes, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is generating a rapid and tragic health emergency in Italy due to the need to provide assistance to an overwhelming number of infected patients and, at the same time, treat all the non-deferrable oncological and benign conditions. A panel of Italian urologists has agreed on possible strategies for the reorganization of urological routine practice and on a set of recommendations that should facilitate the process of rescheduling both surgical and outpatient activities during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the subsequent phases. This document could be a valid tool to be used in routine clinical practice and, possibly, a cornerstone for further discussion on the topic also considering the further evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also may provide useful recommendations for national and international urological societies in a condition of emergency.