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Otolaryngologists (especially otologists and/or neurotologists) around the globe have been waiting 6 months for this study.1 Given the anatomic connection from the nasopharynx, site of initial infection and virus isolation of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) to the tympanic cavity through the eustachian tube, could the virus responsible for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the current global pandemic gain access to the middle ear space and mastoid cavity, and thus put health care workers at additional risk of contracting the virus?
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Corresponding author: Bradley W. Kesser, MD, University of Virginia Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Charlottesville, VA 22903 (email@example.com).
Published Online: July 23, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2020.2067
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.
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