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.

Vaccine Information

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ Sheet (Updated on 3/2/21)

AST Resources For Transplant Professionals 

FAQs for Organ Transplantation (Updated 10/13/20)

Recommendations and Guidance for Organ Donor Testing (Updated 10/5/20)

Medication Access and Drug Shortage Concerns During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Frequently Asked Questions (Updated 6/18/20)

AST Resources For Transplant Candidates and Recipients

COVID-19 Handouts for Recipients and Candidates (Posted on 1/25/21)

Vaccine Information for Transplant Recipients (Posted on 2/2/21)

FAQs Regarding Return to School for Children after Solid Organ Transplant in the United States During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Posted on 7/27/2020)

Information for Transplant Recipients and Candidates / Spanish version (Updated 9/23/20)

COVID-19: Answering Your Transplant Questions Video #2 (Recorded on 8/24/20)

COVID-19: Answering Your Transplant Questions Video #1 (Recorded on 4/27/20)

Transplant Patient in a New COVID-19 World (Recorded on 5/15/20)

Natera Transplant Town Hall (includes a Q&A with George Lopez and Dr. Emily Blumberg) (Recorded on 6/22/20)

The AST offers its sincere thank to our members who have contributed to these resources, creating needed resources and keeping them up-to-date at an extremely busy time! Many thanks to our COVID-19 Task Force members (Drs. Emily Blumberg, Deepali Kumar, Lara Danziger-Isacov, Marian Michaels, and Nicole Theodoropoulos) and all of our contributors:

Drs. Shweta Anjan, Valida Bajrovic, Emily Blodget, Jennifer Chow, Anmary Fernandez, Jay Fishman, Michael Ison, Carol Kao, Olivia Kates, Daniel Kaul, Rosy Priya Kodiyanplakkal, Camille Kotton, Vineeta Kumar, Maricar Malinis, Megan Morales, Hannah Nam, Ronald Parsons, Marcus Pereira, Stephanie Pouch, Joanna Schaenman, Aruna Subramanian, Cameron Wolfe, and Ann Woolley

Town Hall Webinars

*NEW* COVID-19: Organ Donation and Transplant Town Hall #4  (Recorded on 12/3/20)

COVID-19 Resources for the Donation and Transplantation Community (Resource Handout - Updated 4/13/20)

Other Transplant Resources 


OPTN Summary of Evidence Report

World Health Organization (WHO) Guidance for Health Workers

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

Action Learning Network: COVID-19

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

UNOS COVID-19 Data and Resources

Other Resources 

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 COVID-19 Dashboard

For Transplant Coordinators: Managing Patient and Family Concerns

AASLD’s COVID-19 and the Liver Resources

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COVID-19 AJT Articles

Impact of COVID-19 on the care of patients with liver disease: EASL-ESCMID position paper after 6 months of the pandemic

COVID‐19 Outcomes in Patients Waitlisted for Kidney Transplantation and Kidney Transplant Recipients

Clinical implications of SARS‐CoV‐2 cycle threshold values in solid organ transplant recipients

Clinical Characteristics, Hospitalization and Mortality Rates of COVID-19 Among Liver Transplant Patients in the United States: A Multi-Center Research Network Study

Liver Injury in Liver Transplant Recipients with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID‐19): US Multicenter Experience

Tocilizumab for severe COVID‐19 in solid organ transplant recipients: a matched case‐control study

Outcomes following SARS-CoV-2 infection in liver transplant recipients: an international registry study

Lung Transplantation During the COVID‐19 Pandemic: Safely Navigating the New “Normal”

Peripheral CD4+ T cell subsets and antibody response in COVID-19 convalescent individuals

Changes in Liver Transplant Center Practice in Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019: Unmasking Dramatic Center-Level Variability