Coronavirus Disease 2019 Return to Work Guidance and Recommendations for Vestibular Clinicians

Ear Hear. 2020 Jul/Aug;41(4):693-696. doi: 10.1097/AUD.0000000000000903.


As states begin issuing progressive deconfinement guidelines, hospitals and institutions are starting to reopen for elective procedures and consultations. Vestibular clinicians are opening their practices to evaluate, test, or treat patients with dizziness and balance problems. The following document, requested by the American Balance Society, collates the current information about the virus, including transmission from asymptomatic carriers, decontamination, and other safety protocols, and provides a return to work guidance for clinicians caring for this population of patients, promoting provider, patient, and staff safety.

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections / prevention & control*
  • Coronavirus Infections / transmission
  • Disinfection / methods
  • Head Impulse Test
  • Humans
  • Infection Control / methods*
  • Pandemics / prevention & control*
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Pneumonia, Viral / prevention & control*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / transmission
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Return to Work
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Vestibular Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Vestibular Diseases / rehabilitation*
  • Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials
  • Vestibular Function Tests / instrumentation*