Special Editorial: PDF OnlyCOVID-19 Pandemic and its Impact on Craniofacial SurgeryAndrews, Brian T. MD, MA*; Garg, Ravi MD*; Przylecki, Wojciech MD*; Habal, Mutaz MD†Author Information *Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS †Tampa Bay Craniofacial Center, Tampa Bay, FL. Address correspondence and reprint requests to Brian T. Andrews, MD, MA, Associate Professor, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Kansas Medical Center, Sutherland Institute, MS 3015, 3901 Rainbow Blvd, Kansas City, KS 66160; E-mail: email@example.com Received 31 March, 2020 Accepted 31 March, 2020 The authors report no conflicts of interest. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery: May 06, 2020 - Volume Publish Ahead of Print - Issue - doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000006574 Free PAP Metrics Abstract In late 2019, a novel coronavirus strain, SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2), also known as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), triggered a global pandemic as the virus spread from the Wuhan Province, China, across all continents. Although infrequent, severe respiratory infection and death caused by SARS-CoV-2 is disproportionately high amongst healthcare providers such as craniofacial surgeons who work in the head and neck region. Factors this impact SARS-CoV-2 transmission include: (1) high viral loads in the mucosa of the oral and nasopharynx, (2) limited and/or imprecise disease screening/confirmation testing, (3) access to and appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE). © 2020 by Mutaz B. Habal, MD.