Liu and Fleisher recommend that both patients and healthcare providers wear facemasks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as a new normal in hospitals. We agree, and recommend adding risk stratification of those involved with airway management to mitigate further any transmission or adverse effects of COVID-19 on vulnerable healthcare providers.

Liu and Fleisher noted that the close proximity between patients and healthcare providers combined with the highly transmittable SARS CoV-2 virus places healthcare providers at a high risk of infection, especially those healthcare providers involved in airway management. El-Boghdadly et al. reported that 10% of healthcare providers either tested positive for SARS CoV-2 or were self-isolated due to COVID-19 symptoms within 30 days of performing their first tracheal intubation on a COVID-19 patient. To identify healthcare providers most at risk, we used Centers...

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