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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
AAAAI Original Resources
Suggestions or Considerations for Resuming Practice drafted by the COVID-19 Response Task Force (5/5/20)
The resuming of a practice depends on a risk assessment of community spread of cases and your state’s current status with respect to being open or closed. Everything in this document presumes that the actual infectious state of your patients is unknown and that asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic patients can spread the virus.
Episode 30: Clinician Wellness, Burnout, and Finding the Right Work-Life Balance (5/19/20)
In this CME episode, Giselle S. Mosnaim, MD, MS, FAAAAI, discusses the factors associated with high rates of burnout for medical professionals. Listen in to learn great information and helpful tips to maintain wellness, which is especially pertinent during COVID-19. 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is available with this episode through 5/18/2021. Click here to complete the assessment and claim credit.
Episode 29: Impact of COVID-19 on Allergists and Their Patients (5/7/20)
The Chair of the AAAAI COVID-19 Response Task Force, Paul V. Williams, MD, FAAAAI, joins us to discuss how the pandemic has impacted the way allergy practices are caring for patients and important thoughts about how to resume operations.
Episode 28: Using Telemedicine to Provide Care for Allergic Conditions (4/16/20)
Telemedicine expert Jennifer Shih, MD, discusses practical elements of performing virtual visits. This conversation is filled with amazing tips for both patients and clinicians - a must listen for telemedicine novices or experienced users.
Episode 27: How to Manage a Pollen Tsunami in the Midst of a Global Pandemic (4/8/20)
Listen to expert Anne Ellis, MD, FRCPC, FAAAAI, discuss management of spring pollen allergies and how this intersects with the current COVID-19 pandemic. This Hot Topics episode has tips for patients, allergists and all medical professionals.
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.
Communication and Outreach Tools
With so much misinformation circulating on COVID-19, it is critical for the practicing allergist to be seen as the expert when it comes to how COVID-19 may impact patients with allergies, asthma and immunologic disorders. The AAAAI has created a template media alert describing the unique perspective an allergist can offer, a template press release on what patients need to know about asthma and COVID-19, and a set of talking points. Update the templates and send them to media contacts in your local area and use the talking points to prepare for interviews. Please note that while the AAAAI is providing these materials to help you, you will be speaking on your own behalf in any interviews you may give.
COVID-19 Articles in AAAAI Journals
The AAAAI journals are offering free access to the articles they publish related to COVID-19. Visit their COVID-19 pages by clicking the logos below.
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.
Help patients prepare for a telemedicine visit:
- 10 Tips to Help You Master Your Telemedicine Visit: A Patient Guide
- En español: 10 consejos para ayudarlo a tener una excelente visita de telemedicina
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 (Updated 4/23/20) En español: El COVID-19 y el asma
- Tweets from the 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)
- 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
American Medical Association (AMA): A Physician's Guide to COVID-19 provides a wealth of links and resources to help facilities prepare and protect staff.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Coronavirus (COVID-19) includes information for many groups:
- Healthcare professionals: Surge Tool, PPE Burn Rate Calculator, information to Protect Patients, and Workers and Facility Guidance
- Communities, including Child Care, School, and Youth Programs. This page includes answers to FAQs for school and daycare administrators and information about students who require asthma treatments
Elsevier's Novel Coronavirus Information Center hosts COVID-19 papers that are free to access.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued guidance for conducting clinical trials during the pandemic. All FDA press releases can be found here.
The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Compounding Standards page outlines considerations and notifications.
Resuming Practice Resources
The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) is maintaining a list of accredited CME activities and resources related to COVID-19.
Academic institutions should reference the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Response to Pandemic Crisis as well as the guidance provided by the American Board of Allergy & Immunology (ABAI) regarding adjustments and extensions to their requirements.