Unprotected stroke management in an undiagnosed case of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 infection

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Coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) is an emerging infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). In this scenario, managing acute medical conditions, such as stroke, requires a timely treatment together with proper strategies that minimize the risk of infection spreading to health care workers and other patients. We report the case of a 79-year-old woman, who was admitted for a wake-up stroke due to occlusion of the left middle cerebral artery. She was treated outside the COVID-19-dedicated track of the hospital because she had no concomitant signs or symptoms suggestive of SARS-CoV-2 infection nor recent contact with other infected individuals.

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