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COVID-19 Update | June 18, 2021
Important Highlights
Interim Guidance: Evaluating and Caring for Patients with Post-COVID Conditions (CDC)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) interim guidance on post-COVID conditions provides new information to assist healthcare professionals with evaluating, managing, and caring for patients who may experience long-term effects after a COVID-19 infection. Information in this guidance is based on medical expert opinion, feedback from U.S. medical associations and patient advocacy groups, and available data.
 
Key Points   
  • The term “Post-COVID Conditions” is an umbrella term for the wide range of physical and mental health consequences experienced by some patients that are present four or more weeks after SARS-CoV-2 infection, including by patients who had initial mild or asymptomatic acute infection.  
  • CDC does not recommend requiring a previous positive test for COVID-19 to consider whether a patient has a post-COVID condition. Testing capacity was limited early in the pandemic and access to care even today is not equitable for all individuals, resulting in some persons being unable to be tested. Additionally, some people may have been infected but asymptomatic or only with mild symptoms and thus did not seek out testing.  
  • Based on current information, many post-COVID conditions can be managed by primary care providers, with the incorporation of patient-centered approaches to optimize the quality of life and function in affected patients.  
  • Objective laboratory or imaging findings should not be used as the only measure or assessment of a patient’s wellbeing; lack of laboratory or imaging abnormalities does not invalidate the existence, severity, or importance of a patient’s symptoms or conditions.   
  • Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to set achievable goals through shared decision-making and to approach treatment by focusing on specific symptoms (e.g., headache) or conditions (e.g., dysautonomia); a comprehensive management plan focusing on improving physical, mental, and social wellbeing may be helpful for some patients.   
  • Understanding of post-COVID conditions remains incomplete and guidance for healthcare professionals will likely change over time as the evidence evolves.  
COCA Webinar: Evaluating and Caring for Patients with Post-COVID Conditions (CDC)
Recording of the webinar held June 17 about the CDC’s new interim guidance which provides a framework for healthcare providers in their initial assessment, evaluation, management, and follow-up of persons with possible post-COVID conditions.
Technical Guidance, Standards and Resources
Vaccines 
Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee – 6/10/2021 (FDA)
MMWRs
 
Clinical Care 
 
Testing and Cases
 
Event Announcements
CDC COVID-19 Partner Update: A Call to Action: Mobilizing America to Vaccinate Against COVID-19 (CDC)
Mon. Jun 21, 3:00 pm
Description: Updates on guidance around post-COVID conditions; information on the National Month of Action to mobilize an all-of-America sprint to get of as many U.S. adults as possible at least one shot by July 4th.
Speakers: Dr. Jennifer Chevinsky, Dr. Jennifer Layden, Dr. Allison Taylor Walker, Mr. Angel Roca
 
COVID-19 Vaccination and Children: Answering Parents’ Questions (Public Health Communications Collaborative)
Wed., Jun 23, 1 pm
Description: Webinar focused on COVID-19 communications to answer parents’ questions about COVID-19 vaccination for children.
Speakers: Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP, Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, Lisa Waddell, MD, MPH
News Highlights
Federal Policy Updates
SHEA Education and Events
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