COVID-19:  Update for AMWA Members

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Share your experience of managing the COVID-19 pandemic in your institution. How are you keeping your family safe? How  are you handling the PPE shortage? Follow us @AMWADoctors as we share this information.

PPE For Healthcare Workers

WRITE TO CONGRESS:  HEALTHCARE WORKERS NEED PPE’S

     Template Letter.  Look up your Congressional representative HERE.

National Effort to Collect PPE – tell your community about drop off sites or list your hospital.

AMWA is working with international contacts to source PPE for healthcare workers – please keep checking back for news on those efforts.

Meetings & Webinars

Informational Webinar with the COVID-19 Crisis Response Team at Taiwan’s Chang Gung Memorial Hospital.  Watch the Recording HERE.  View the agenda HERE.

Read more about how Taiwan has successfully managed the pandemic:  Response to COVID-19 in TaiwanBig Data Analytics, New Technology, and Proactive Testing (JAMA), TIME, NBC

AMWA Spokesperson Dr. Saralyn Mark on COVID-19

FOX News: Can’t forget coronavirus treatments’ potential side effects: Former White House medical adviser. Watch HERE
FOX News with Dana Perino, Monday, 3/16. Watch HERE.
MSNBC with Alicia Menendez, Saturday, 3/14. Watch HERE.
MSNBC with Alicia Menendez, Saturday, 3/14 (with AMWA Board Member Dr. Ana Viamonte Ros). Watch HERE.
MSNBC with Ari Melber, Friday, 3/13. Watch HERE.
Fox News with Dana Perino, Tuesday, 3/10. Watch HERE.
MSNBC with Alicia Menendez, Sunday 3/8.  Watch HERE.

AMWA Applauds the Heroic Work of Dr. Helen Chu

CDC RESOURCES

General Information and U.S. Activity Map

Evaluating and Testing Persons for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Discontinuation of Home Isolation for Persons with COVID-19 (Interim Guidance)

Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control FAQs for COVID-19

Interim U.S. Guidance for Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure in a Healthcare Setting to Patients with Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

CDC Statement for Healthcare Personnel on Hand Hygiene during the Response to the International Emergence of COVID-19

Preparing for COVID-19: Long-term Care Facilities, Nursing Homes

Interim Guidance for Healthcare Facilities: Preparing for Community Transmission of COVID-19 in the United States

Other Resources

50 State Health Department COVID-19 Resources for Patients and Healthcare Providers

COVID-19 App for healthcare providers

FDA Updates on COVID-19

University of Nebraska – a leader in “treatment, training, and quarantine methods for highly infectious diseases.” Includes protocol for UV germicidal irradiation to decontaminate N95 facemasks.

Coronavirus Tech Handbook for Doctors part of CoronavirusTechHandbook

Response to COVID-19 in TaiwanBig Data Analytics, New Technology, and Proactive Testing (JAMA), TIME, NBC

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Pregnancy: What obstetricians need to know (American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology) — Journal pre-proof

PPE

COVID-19 and Medical Devices: Safe Respirator Usage When Supplies Are Short

Publications

Transmission Potential of SARS-CoV-2 in Viral Shedding Observed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center

Position Statement of the ESC Council on Hypertension on ACE-Inhibitors and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (European Society of Cardiology)

Aerosol and surface stability of HCoV-19 (SARS-CoV-2) compared to SARS-CoV-1

Testing

Sex and Gender Issues in COVID 19

Prevalence and predictors of PTSS during COVID-19 Outbreak in China Hardest-hit Areas: Gender differences matter (Psychiatry Research)

Sex difference and smoking predisposition in patients with COVID-19 (The Lancet Respiratory Medicine)

COVID-19: the gendered impacts of the outbreak (Lancet)

Gender differences in patients with COVID-19: Focus on severity and mortality (medRxiv

Clinical characteristics and intrauterine vertical transmission potential of COVID-19 infection in nine pregnant women: a retrospective review of medical records (Lancet)

What are the risks of COVID-19 infection in pregnant women? (Lancet)

Potential Maternal and Infant Outcomes from Coronavirus 2019-nCoV (SARS-CoV-2) Infecting Pregnant Women: Lessons from SARS, MERS, and Other Human Coronavirus Infections (MDPI)

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Pregnancy: What obstetricians need to know (American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology) — Journal pre-proof

Who is getting sick, and how sick? A breakdown of coronavirus risk by demographic factors (Stat News)

Men Represent Majority Coronavirus Cases (Yahoo News)

Do Women and Men Have a Coronavirus Risk Gap (Forbes)

Regulatory Changes During the Pandemic

Increased coverage for telemedicine:  Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet and FAQ Sheet

CMS Announces Relief for Clinicians, Providers, Hospitals and Facilities Participating in Quality Reporting Programs in Response to COVID-19

Taking Care of the Providers

Ten Percent Happier: (free for healthcare workers)

Headspace (free for providers through 2020 with NPI number)

Student Efforts to Support the Medical and Local Community

University of Minnesota Medical Students Pitch In  Check out MNCOVIDSitters

University of Michigan Medical Students

How AMWA Members Can Be A Resource for Their Communities

A COMMUNITY RESERVE CORPS will help neighbors who are senior citizens and have medical conditions and should not leave their homes. Help them stay out of hospitals and clinics if possible. Neighbors can be sure they have food, supplies and medical care if needed!

Simple steps for community members:

1) Designate yourself to be a block leader.
2) Get contact information for your neighbors and share the list.
3) List if anyone is a health professional.
4) If anyone has face masks, gloves -offer them to health professional neighbors.
5) Share this information

PPE SHORTAGE

Calling All People Who Sew And Make: You Can Help Make Masks For 2020 Healthcare Worker PPE Shortage (Forbes)

AMWA Outreach to Other Countries

As a member organization of the Medical Women’s International Association, AMWA has been in touch with colleagues in countries around the world where women physicians are often on the front lines of treating COVID-19 patients.  Through the American Women’s Hospitals Service, we are working to provide support both abroad and here in the U.S. To support this effort, donate to AWHS and designate COVID-19 support and the funds will be directed as needed.