ASRM COVID-19 Task Force Releases Update #10 to Recommendations
Nov 17, 2020
Origin: ASRM Bulletin
American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Patient Management and Clinical Recommendations During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
Update No. 10 (November 17, 2020*)Read the full document here.
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 Updates No. 4-9. 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, and more recently the marked upsurge, of COVID-19 cases in much of the United States (U.S.), these strategies continue to be critical in managing this ongoing pandemic. Since the last update published on October 6, 2020, the Task Force has observed the following:
- As of November 15, 2020, the U.S. continues to lead the world in COVID-19 deaths and cases. COVID-19 cases now exceed 10.9 million in the U.S. with more than 245,000 deaths. With respect to excess deaths in the U.S. largely attributable to COVID-19, the largest percentage increases are now being seen among younger adults aged 25–44 years and among Hispanic/Latino persons (1).
- At the time Update No. 9 was published, daily cases in the U.S. exceeded 54,000. As of this update the daily case rate has risen to >180,000, confirming another wave of contagion in the U.S. Every state, except Hawaii, has seen a recent increase in their positive rate.
*The next update from the Task Force will be published as conditions warrant a release.