Letter to the editor: PDF OnlyLaparotomy represents the safest option during COVID-19 outbreak Authors’ response to The COVID-19 pandemic should not take us back to the pre-laparoscopic era; Emergency laparoscopic surgery during COVID-19 what can we do and how to do it safelyPata, Francesco MD; Khan, Mansoor; Iovino, Domenico; Di Saverio, SalomoneAuthor Information General Surgery Unit, Nicola Giannettasio Hospital, Corigliano-Rossano, Italy; La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy Digestive Diseases Department, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals, Brighton, UK; Royal College of Surgeons of England, DSTS Faculty, London, UK. Department of General Surgery, University of Insubria, University Hospital of Varese, ASST Sette Laghi, Regione Lombardia, Italy Department of General Surgery, University of Insubria, University Hospital of Varese, ASST Sette Laghi, Regione Lombardia, Italy Please address correspondence and reprint to: Francesco Pata, Unità Operativa di Chirurgia, Ospedale Nicola Giannettasio, Via Ippocrate, 87064 Corigliano-Rossano (Cs), Italy, email@example.com Conflict of interest: The authors declare no conflict of interests Source of funding: No funding was received for the current manuscript This article is made available via the PMC Open Access Subset for unrestricted re-use and analyses in any form or by any means with acknowledgement of the original source. These permissions are granted for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic or until permissions are revoked in writing. Upon expiration of these permissions, PMC is granted a perpetual license to make this article available via PMC and Europe PMC, consistent with existing copyright protections. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery: May 15, 2020 - Volume Publish Ahead of Print - Issue - doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000002791 Free PAP Metrics © 2020 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.