Arch Bone Jt Surg. 2020 Apr;8(Suppl 1):231-234. doi: 10.22038/ABJS.2020.47715.2340.
The outbreak of a novel coronavirus, referred to as coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19), with its sentinel case in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, has spread rapidly around the globe. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a worldwide pandemic, which led to most countries implementing social distancing protocols. Most non-essential medical practices have been halted to direct resources to the facilities caring for patients with COVID infection. The pediatric orthopaedic practice is in a unique position, with the treatment of many conditions being treated by pediatric orthopedists being non-emergent, but time-sensitive. We hereby review the current literature and guidelines surrounding the practice change around the world and give recommendations regarding the practice of pediatric orthopaedics during the COVID pandemic.