A Message from the AAAAI
As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) spreads across the globe, we recognize the importance of our roles as healthcare providers, particularly to patients known for asthma, other allergic conditions, or immune deficiencies who may be at a higher risk of experiencing severe symptoms from the disease. The same way that you are committed to your patients, practices, and communities, we at the AAAAI remain committed to providing you with resources that will help you navigate this difficult period.
Because this is an evolving situation, we invite you to bookmark this page and check it often. We will be continually adding resources.
If you have any specific questions regarding the treatment of patients or management of your practice, please contact us at email@example.com.
Special Article: COVID-19: Pandemic Contingency Planning for the Allergy and Immunology Clinic
This special article is designed to help you determine how best to prioritize and triage your patients during this crisis, including:
- Condition-specific guidance for service reduction and patient prioritization
- Opportunities for providing care utilizing telemedicine
- Suggestions for communicating with your patients with regards to office policies and changes
Disclaimer: This article was prepared as a service to the public and is only intended to be a general summary of the subject matter contained therein for general informational purposes only. Read the full disclaimer here.
Dr. Dave Stukus, one of the authors of the Special Article, and Dr. Ann Wu, the JACI: In Practice Social Media Coordinator, led a Twitter Chat about this special article. Read the tweets #JACIIPCOVID.
AAAAI Original Resources
Episode 26: Latest Update on COVID-19: What Physicians and Patients Need to Know (3/17/20)
Two global health experts, Daniel Lucey, MD, MPH and George Anesi, MD, MSCE, MBE, discuss the most up to date information regarding COVID-19. Listen now to learn about preparedness and how this pandemic can specifically impact patients with asthma, allergies and immune deficiency.
Episode 25: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update: What Healthcare Professionals and Patients Need to Know (3/3/20)
This AAAAI Hot Topics podcast episode with virus expert Mitchell Grayson, MD, FAAAAI discusses specific issues for patients with asthma and allergic disease and is a must listen for physicians, their staff and their patients.
Keep Your Patients Informed
About Changes to your Practice
Communication with patients is key during this time. Use your practice website, practice portal and established social media channels to communicate information regularly. Keep them informed of any potential changes to your policies on appointments, providing non urgent care, your availability via telemedicine platforms, etc.
Provide links to high quality information from trusted health resources, including local resources.
- Key Facts about COVID-19 from the CDC
- COVID-19 and Asthma: What Patients Need to Know
- Tweets from the recent AAAAI and Allergic Living Twitter Chat: #allergyready
- Click to download and share our infographics
About Protecting Themselves
- A Warning from the FDA: Beware of Fraudulent Coronavirus Tests, Vaccines and Treatments (3/25/20)
- A letter from the leading U.S. medical and health organizations calling for the American people to stay home
- Strategies for Protecting Oneself from COVID-19 from the CDC
- Advice for the Public from the WHO
- Click to download and share our infographics
Ask the AAAAI about COVID-19
Links to Helpful Resources
Ongoing Series for Physicians
CDC: Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA)
CMS: Lessons from The Front Lines: COVID-19
JACI has just published an online article, "Running a virtual allergy division and training program in the time of COVID-19 pandemic."
The ACCME is maintaining a list of accredited CME activities and resources related to COVID-19.
Joint Statement from the AMA, APA, and ASHP on inappropriate ordering, prescribing or dispensing of medications to treat COVID-19. (3/25/20)
The AMA's physician guide to COVID-19 provides a wealth of links and resources, including:
- facility preparedness guidelines
- patient handouts
- how to proceed if you have been exposed to patients with COVID-19.
The American College of Physicians's COVID-19: Information for Internists site includes numerous resources, such as:
- An interactive physician's guide that carries CME/MOC credit
- Podcast episodes from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)
- Highlighted articles from Annals of Internal Medicine regarding COVID-19
The CDC's coronavirus disease hub includes:
- situation updates
- information from the White House Coronavirus Task Force
- information for health care professionals and patients
Elsevier's Novel Coronavirus Information Center hosts COVID-19 papers that are free to access. It includes tabs for:
- expert guidance
- clinician information
- research/drug discovery
The FDA has issued guidance for conducting clinical trials during the pandemic.
USP's Compounding Standards page includes links to:
- updated USP statement on Compounding Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer
- USP Response to Shortages of Garb and PPE for Sterile Compounding
- selected USP-NF resources on the development of vaccines and antiviral medicines