ASH Creates Resource Webpage to Serve Clinicians and Researchers During COVID-19 Pandemic
Hematology community invited to share and exchange information about the novel coronavirus
(WASHINGTON, March 20, 2020) —The American Society of Hematology (ASH) has launched a webpage containing resources for hematologists caring for their patients and continuing important research amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (www.hematology.org/covid-19). The curated ASH COVID-19 resource page will serve as a hub for daily updates to help guide the hematology community through the uncertainty of this global public health threat.
In an update to ASH members, ASH President Stephanie Lee, MD, of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, said, “ASH has developed a mechanism to help share useful information about the novel coronavirus with hematologists…it is a way to crowdsource materials and tips on caring for our patients and for one another.”
Resources on the page range from federal policies affecting medical practice to specific guidance for treating patients with hematologic conditions like sickle cell disease and blood cancers who may also have COVID-19. The page also links to updated peer-reviewed research about the intersection of hematology and the virus and provides tips for those who need to shut down their laboratories amid the outbreak.
Through a form on the webpage, ASH asks members of the hematology community to request information or materials they will need as the landscape of COVID-19 rapidly changes and evolves.
ASH will continue to actively monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and offer updates about adjusted programming, new resources, and other emerging initiatives and efforts to support hematologists and their patients during this challenging time. Members can stay on top of event updates by monitoring various meetings webpages via www.hematology.org/meetings.
The American Society of Hematology (ASH) (www.hematology.org) is the world’s largest professional society of hematologists dedicated to furthering the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders affecting the blood. For more than 60 years, the Society has led the development of hematology as a discipline by promoting research, patient care, education, training, and advocacy in hematology. ASH publishes Blood (www.bloodjournal.org), the most cited peer-reviewed publication in the field, and Blood Advances (www.bloodadvances.org), an online, peer-reviewed open-access journal.
Leah Enser, American Society of Hematology