Do early data support our suspicions that stroke patients are avoiding hospital, or presenting later with more severe symptoms?
Professor Carlos Molina shows data from Catalunya, Spain that support this hypothesis, and describes how the situation evolved during the first surge in COVID-19 cases in his region.
How can we triage patients with suspected stroke, with or without COVID-19 symptoms, acquire appropriate brain imaging, and safely deliver reperfusion therapy?
Professor Claudio Baracchini discusses lessons from the Italian experience; further details can be found here 10.1007/s10072-020-04375-9
How do we rapidly mobilise relevant stakeholders to maintain high quality audit, introduce surveillance of COVID-19-associated stroke, and implement telemedicine for the assessment and treatment of TIA and minor stroke?
Finally, on behalf of the ESO Young Stroke Physicians and Researchers Committee, I’d like to echo the speaker’s final thoughts at this difficult time: thank you to everyone who is working tirelessly to maintain excellent stroke care for their patients.