The United Kingdom was one of the countries
hardest hit by the global COVID-19 pandemic, with the
second highest death rate reported in early June 2020.
However, regardless of this, 32% of patients underwent
to a smear for COVID-19 in the presentation. No local
regulations on swabs were reported and it is very likely
that they will differ in the UK during the early stages of
the pandemic. Later work may show better test results.
About 4% of positive test results for the virus were never
published, either through surgery or careful treatment.
This is in contrast to previous data on increased
mortality even after mild to moderate surgery. However,
most patients are young and otherwise healthy,
predisposing them to better results than reported with a
wide range of surgical procedures. In the end, several
surgical societies have developed their guidelines on how
to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in
daily clinical practice. Recommendations for emergency
surgery have caused controversy among surgeons