COVID-19 Updates from the President

March 20, 2020

Less than a week ago, The Aesthetic Society issued a recommendation that all direct patient contact and non-urgent procedures be curtailed as much as possible. The situation in the United States and around the world has only worsened. The entire state of California is under Stay at Home orders and similar restrictions were announced in New York today. In several urban areas, the Intensive Care Units are full of COVID-19 patients. Hospital space and off-site buildings are being urgently converted into ventilator units. There is a critical shortage of PPE and our colleagues on the front lines are intubating patients without appropriate masks or eye shields. All estimates by public health authorities indicate that we have several more weeks before the peak of the crisis is reached.

It is the official position of The Aesthetic Society that all non-urgent care, whether surgical or non-surgical (in-office or hospital-based), be ceased immediately. We will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and will provide regular updates.

The Aesthetic Society urges everyone to consider donations of their time, supplies, PPE and equipment to local hospitals; in many areas, the shortages have reached crisis proportions.

We are all in this together. Let’s get through it together.

Sincerely,

Charles H. Thorne, MD
President, The Aesthetic Society


The mission of the Aesthetic Society includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Aesthetic Society, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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