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March 23, 2020

Gastroenterology editors call on the GI community to fight COVID-19

Drs. Douglas A. Corley and Richard M. Peek publish practical, evidence-based steps you can recommend now and/or implement directly with your teams and colleagues to slow the spread of coronavirus.
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The co-editors-in-chief of Gastroenterology have an important message for the GI community: “You are a leader within your health care setting, community and family; you can influence actions that will save lives and decrease the potential human and economic damage from COVID-19.”

In this new commentary, “COVID-19:  What should gastroenterologists, hepatologists, and scientists do and when?“, Douglas A. Corley, MD, PhD, and Richard M. Peek, MD, cover current knowledge about COVID-19; information particularly relevant to gastroenterology/hepatology; and actions that can be effective. Some of these actions include:

  • Develop plans now for reductions in personnel.
  • Change patient in-person to telehealth visits, where appropriate.
  • Delay non-essential (elective) procedures in areas with reported cases.
  • Continue patients’ current medications.
  • Frequently check updated recommendations from CDC and WHO.

Review their full commentary, along with other AGA published research on coronavirus, in this new COVID-19 journal collection.

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