An astonishing total of 252 centers from 55 countries responded to the WEO international survey, the first of its kind, on the impact of COVID-19 on endoscopy units.

These endoscopy units represent 2810 endoscopists, 3024 endoscopy nurses, and 1334 endoscopy technicians from 55 countries across 6 continents.

The web-based survey was authored by Drs Sravanthi Parasa, Nageshwar Reddy, Douglas O. Faigel, Alessandro Repici, Fabian Emura, and Prateek Sharma and is the first global survey of the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on endoscopy units.

The 16-item questionnaire focused on the endoscopy units’ baseline volumes, the impact on procedure numbers at the peak of the COVID 19 epidemic, the use of personal protection equipment (PPE), and on whether any endoscopy personnel contracted the infection. The survey was sent out on April 23, 2020. Responses were collected up to May 12, 2020 and were analyzed using descriptive statistics.

The findings of the WEO global study can be accessed via the Gastroenterology website.

Other WEO publications and position statements on COVID-19 can be found at http://www.worldendo.org/resources/covid/.