COVID-19 pandemic: Practical considerations on the organization of an allergy clinic-An EAACI/ARIA Position Paper

Oliver Pfaar*, Ludger Klimek, Marek Jutel, Cezmi A. Akdis, Jean Bousquet, Heimo Breiteneder, Sharon Chinthrajah, Zuzana Diamant, Thomas Eiwegger, Wytske J. Fokkens, Hans-Walter Fritsch, Kari C. Nadeau, Robyn E. O'Hehir, Liam O'Mahony, Winfried Rief, Vanitha Sampath, Manfred Schedlowski, Maria Jose Torres, Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann, De Yun WangLuo Zhang, Matteo Bonini, Randolf Brehler, Helen Annaruth Brough, Tomas Chivato, Stefano R. Del Giacco, Stephanie Dramburg, Radoslaw Gawlik, Asli Gelincik, Karin Hoffmann-Sommergruber, Valerie Hox, Edward F. Knol, Antti Lauerma, Paolo M. Matricardi, Charlotte G. Mortz, Markus Ollert, Oscar Palomares, Carmen Riggioni, Juergen Schwarze, Isabel Skypala, Eva Untersmayr, Jolanta Walusiak-Skorupa, Ignacio J. Ansotegui, Claus Bachert, Anna Bedbrook, Sinthia Bosnic-Anticevich, Luisa Brussino, Giorgio Walter Canonica, Victoria Cardona, Pedro Carreiro-Martins

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    Abstract

    BackgroundThe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has evolved into a pandemic infectious disease transmitted by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Allergists and other healthcare providers (HCPs) in the field of allergies and associated airway diseases are on the front line, taking care of patients potentially infected with SARS-CoV-2. Hence, strategies and practices to minimize risks of infection for both HCPs and treated patients have to be developed and followed by allergy clinics.

    MethodThe scientific information on COVID-19 was analysed by a literature search in MEDLINE, PubMed, the National and International Guidelines from the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI), the Cochrane Library, and the internet.

    ResultsBased on the diagnostic and treatment standards developed by EAACI, on international information regarding COVID-19, on guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO) and other international organizations, and on previous experience, a panel of experts including clinicians, psychologists, IT experts, and basic scientists along with EAACI and the "Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma (ARIA)" initiative have developed recommendations for the optimal management of allergy clinics during the current COVID-19 pandemic. These recommendations are grouped into nine sections on different relevant aspects for the care of patients with allergies.

    ConclusionsThis international Position Paper provides recommendations on operational plans and procedures to maintain high standards in the daily clinical care of allergic patients while ensuring the necessary safety measures in the current COVID-19 pandemic.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)648-676
    Number of pages29
    JournalAllergy
    Volume76
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar-2021

    Keywords

    • allergen immunotherapy
    • allergy clinic
    • anaphylaxis
    • asthma
    • clinical trials
    • COVID-19
    • Position Paper
    • psychological impact
    • SARS-CoV-2

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