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