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COVID-19 may pose great risk to transplant recipients and their contacts

from Healio

After considering the ways in which transplant recipients have responded to similar viruses in the past, researchers contended that COVID-19 may induce “severe consequences” in recipients, while also placing their healthcare teams and family members at risk. In an article published in the American Journal of Transplantation, Marian G. Michaels, MD, MPH, of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and colleagues wrote that while “COVID-19 has not [yet] been described in organ transplant recipients or donors,” related viruses — such as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus — can provide insight into the impact of COVID-19 on this patient population. more

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