The coronavirus pandemic has caused enormous disruption to surgical care. Dealing with it is a huge challenge – there are millions of patients affected worldwide.

New data from the CovidSurg team estimates that as many as 28 million operations were cancelled globally during lockdown.

Surgery is now beginning to restart – but there are still questions about doing it safely with the virus threat still lurking.

Perhaps the most urgent question is when to operate on someone who has been infected by coronavirus. Early data suggests outcomes are worse for people who have had it, even if their surgery is after symptoms disappear.

CovidSurg Week has been launched to collect the evidence needed to understand this problem and get patients the care they need.

It’s a massive, ambitious project – collecting data on patients of all ages from all surgical specialities.

CovidSurg has already collected data on 36,000 patients across 1,005 hospitals in 86 countries.

We’re calling on research teams at hospitals across the UK & around the world to sign up today.

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