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COVID-19 Press Releases and Announcements

ASRM COVID-19 Task Force Releases Update #9 to Recommendations

The current update by the ASRM Coronavirus/COVID-19 Task Force (the “Task Force”) continues to affirm the recommendations presented in Update No. 3 (American Society for Reproductive Medicine Patient Management and Clinical Recommendations during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic - Update No. 3, April 24, 2020), which were further elaborated upon in Update Nos. 4-8. Collectively, these updates recommend the judicious resumption of the delivery of reproductive care, with the use of careful preventive measures, such as the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including masks, frequent hand washing, and social distancing measures. Given the continued presence of COVID-19 cases in much of the United States (U.S.), these strategies continue to be critical in managing this ongoing pandemic.

ASRM Pens Open Letter Defending Public Health Agencies and Experts

Washington, DC- Today The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, concerned about growing attacks on public health agencies from politicians, released an open letter urging that those agencies and the experts who work for them be listened to rather than attacked. Politicians seem determined to punish these experts for their knowledge and the data they collect instead of following their sound advice. The text of the letter is below. 

NIH Addresses COVID-19 Challenges - Launches RADx Initiative

Before the nation can safely return to business as usual, it is essential to develop and deliver effective and reliable COVID-19 testing and then implement it widely so that it is available to everyone. NIH is rising to this challenge through its Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) Initiative — a national call for scientists and organizations to advance their innovative ideas for new COVID-19 testing approaches and strategies.

ASRM Patient Management and Clinical Recommendations During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Update #5

The world has been suffering a pandemic of a proportion not previously experienced in this century, with higher infectivity and mortality than previous epidemics. While acknowledging that infertility is a serious disease that requires treatment in a timely manner, in its recommendations of March 17, 2020 and in the subsequent Updates, No. 1 and No. 2, the ASRM Coronavirus/COVID-19 Task Force (the “Task Force”) recognized the need to delay any but the most urgent of reproductive care cases. This was necessary as the extent of the COVID-19 pandemic, its viral transmission rate, its impact on reproductive well-being and pregnancy, and the ability of health systems to cope were yet unknown, at least in the U.S. 

Reproductive Medical Societies Release Joint Statement on COVID-19

The three major professional societies leading infertility and reproductive medicine today issued aon providing infertility care during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. Working together, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS), and the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) developed the guidance document entitled COVID-19 and Human Reproduction.

ASRM Asks State Department for an International Travel Exemption for Newborns Born via Gestational Carriers During COVID-19 Pandemic

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) the global leader in multidisciplinary reproductive medicine research, ethical practice, and education, today sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting limited but critical exceptions to sweeping travel restrictions that have directly impacted families whose dreams of parenthood hinge on the ability to travel and connect with their surrogates. Currently, nine out of 10 people are living in countries that have closed their borders due to COVID-19.  

FAQs for Patients Related to COVID-19

We understand that it can be devastating for those who have been trying to build their families to now have to delay treatment due to COVID-19. The goal of this communication is to help give patients a clearer understanding of the ASRM COVID-19 Task Force recommendations, and to help answer questions they may have.

COVID-19: Questions Your Patients May Have

If you don’t have COVID-19, there is no medical reason to change your plans regarding trying to conceive. However, there may be logistical, psychological, and emotional reasons to modify your plans. For example, there may be less access to routine prenatal care. Out of an abundance of caution, you may consider postponing pregnancy. This is a very personal decision, and you should speak with your doctor for specific recommendations.

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