Researchers compared two boroughs in New York City: Manhattan and the Bronx. Although the two communities are adjacent, they are markedly different. White patients who lived in the Bronx were significantly more likely than black patients to undergo elective surgery in Manhattan operating rooms.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led many surgery centers to close and surgeons to put off elective surgeries. Several professional associations have released guidelines to help the industry figure out where to go from here.