COVID-19 Information



Coronaviruses are common viruses that usually cause a simple cold. When new strains of viruses emerge, they can cause more severe diseases, as seen with the recent novel coronavirus disease called Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This coronavirus is called the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome 2 virus (SARS-CoV-2). This new virus and disease were the cause of the outbreak in Wuhan, China, starting in December 2019 and now has spread to many parts of the world.


AST Resources For Transplant Professionals 

Information for Transplant Professionals (Updated 3/31/20)

Medication Access and Drug Shortage Concerns During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Frequently Asked Questions (updated 4/3/20)

AST Resources For Transplant Recipients and Candidates 

Information for Transplant Recipients and Candidates (Updated 3/30/20)

Other Resources

COVID-19 Organ Donation and Transplantation Town Hall - Full Video (Recorded on 3/23/20)

COVID-19 Resources for the Donation and Transplantation Community (Resource Handout)


World Health Organization (WHO) Guidance for Health Workers

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources for Medical Professionals

Organ Donation 

AOPO Information Page

Joint statement on donation screening by CST and Canadian Blood Services

Position statement on local organ recovery during COVID-19 pandemic

Healthcare Worker and Operational 

Publicly accessible SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 policies and procedures for the University of Washington in Seattle

Publicly accessible resource from ISHLT

ASTS Resources page

JAMA interview with Maurizio Cecconi in Milan

CMS Telehealth Resource

American Journal of Transplantation (AJT) AJT link with compiled COVID19 articles

TTS Resource Page

TTS COVID-19 Dashboard

For Transplant Coordinators: Managing Patient and Family Concerns


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Cardiovascular Implications of Fatal Outcomes of Patients With Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Treatment of 5 Critically Ill Patients With COVID-19 With Convalescent Plasma

Coronaviruses and immunosuppressed patients. The facts during the third epidemic

Epidemiology of COVID-19 in a Long-Term Care Facility in King County, Washington

Estimating clinical severity of COVID-19 from the transmission dynamics in Wuhan, China 

Temporal profiles of viral load in posterior oropharyngeal saliva samples and serum antibody responses during infection by SARS-CoV-2: an observational cohort study

COVID‐19: A Global Transplant Perspective on Successfully Navigating a Pandemic 

Coronavirus disease 2019: Implications of emerging infections for transplantation 

Epidemiological and Clinical Characteristics of Heart Transplant Recipients During the 2019 Coronavirus Outbreak in Wuhan, China: A Descriptive Survey Report