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The Impact of COVID-19 on the State of Clinical and Laboratory Research Globally in Transplantation in May 2020

: Bromberg, J.; Baan, C.; Chapman, J.; Anegon, I.; Brennan, D.C.; Chakera, A.; Chong, A.S.; Geissler, E.K.; Guillonneau, C.; Heaton, N.; Hesselink, D.A.; Jassem, W.; Jones, C.M.; Josien, R.; Kaplan, B.; Kaufman, C.L.; Lim, W.; Ma, Y.; Massey, E; Ostrander, D.B.; Slaughter, M.S.; Tullius, S.; Witkowski, P.; Wong, G.


Transplantation 104 (2020), No.11, pp.2252-2257
ISSN: 0041-1337
ISSN: 1534-6080
Journal Article
Fraunhofer ITEM ()

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is very wide and occupies almost every aspect of life across the world with the wave of direct health impacts cutting across each nation at different paces. The impact on the economies of all countries has been dramatic and has yet to become fully apparent. The effect of the pandemic on the health of transplant patients has been extensive with data published across a number of journals from both single centers and regional and national databases. It is becoming clear that transplant patients are more likely to catch SARS-CoV-2 and when infected have a much increased mortality risk. Impact on clinical services, through reduction in intensive care unit bed availability and decreased deceased organ donors, as well as diversion of clinical staff and other resources from transplantation, has led to dramatic decreases in clinical transplant activity. We have documented these impacts through the pages of Transplantation and through the COVID-19 Transplantation map established with the cooperation of The Transplantation Society.1,2 What has not yet been documented to any degree so far is the impact on clinical and basic laboratory research in Transplantation. This round up of experiences from around the world shows substantial closure and diversion of effort from Transplantation research both in the clinic and in the laboratory with a future that is uncertain. Some countries and some centers have been more impacted than others. We hope by illuminating this feature of the pandemic we can assist in resuscitating research in our field as soon as compatible with the phases of the pandemic in each country.