If you are having surgery it requires an anesthesiologist and staff to be present when you get intubated or receive some level of airway protection. This is necessary for all surgical procedures. This process always facilitates the aerosolization of infectious agents from the patient's oropharyngeal airway. COVID infection can be devastating on occasion. The OR staff and anesthesiologists are constantly working in a high-risk environment for infection from this illness. It is absolutely necessary to protect them, along with anyone entering the OR suite from accidental exposure to COVID. Testing prevents hospital staff and other patients from preventable infectious exposure. You get the same protection from the policy as you give to others.