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Over the past three years, the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) gathered information on COVID-19. Collaborating with researchers and other organizations, we sought deeper insight into the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This virus spread rapidly and profoundly influenced the organ donation and transplant community, as well as their dedicated medical teams.

As another wave of COVID-19 emerges, the OPTN strives to present the latest information.

New variants have resulted in surging hospitalizations in the United States. We aim to keep you informed about the state of these treatment recommendations from trusted sources. Keep the following in mind:

  • The site features treatment recommendations from trusted sources, highlighting precautionary measures for better understanding of COVID-19.
  • Always consult your healthcare team for tailored advice as we continually learn about COVID-19.
  • We will update this page, a central point, with new COVID-19 information from experts.

Explore HHS guidelines

The U.S. Department of Human Services’ (HHS) Exit Disclaimer agencies (FDA, NIH and CDC) have unveiled an updated strategy to address COVID-19. The current vaccines are expected to provide protection against COVID-19 from the currently circulating variants, according to the Food and Drug Administration Exit Disclaimer (FDA).

Consider essential precautions and measures

  • Adhere to safety protocols: wear masks Exit Disclaimer, practice social distancing, and maintain hygiene.
  • Discuss your medications with your medical team concerning COVID treatments.
  • Learn about donor screening and testing to prevent transmission of infected organs Exit Disclaimer to recipients through the transplanted organs and/or tissues.
  • Talk about stress, anxiety, and depression? At least one in ten recipients and donors suffer from psychological distress during COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about the transplant patient’s mental health Exit Disclaimer.

Learn from these trusted sources

COVID-19 milestones & transplantation

  • COVID-19 Emergency Policies and Data Collection
    The COVID-19 emergency has greatly impacted routine medical care. To lower the risk of spreading COVID-19, most hospitals cut back on non-emergency visits. (March 17, 2020)
  • Transplant, Telemedicine and Covid-19
    What we learned from the pandemic and how we can apply it to the future. A hybrid model of telemedicine and ambulatory visits will enable organizations to provide the best care. (August 14, 2020)
  • Continued Research
    Current Evidence and Information on Donor SARS-CoV-2 Testing & Organ Recovery after COVID-19. (February 1, 2021)
  • Lung donor protocols: Lower Respiratory SARS-CoV-2 Testing Guidelines
    • Revised Policies: Reinstatement of Updates to Candidate Data During the COVID-19 Emergency (April 26, 2021)
    • Advisory Details: OPTN Ad Hoc Disease Transmission Advisory Committee (April 26, 2021)
  • The COVID-19 crisis stressed the nation’s health care system and a U.S. public health emergency was declared, including an impacted has been the ability to obtain required clinical testing within specific time frames that candidates must have to maintain waitlist priority. (January 11, 2022)
  • Summary report on COVID-19
    A collection of donor screening data for an organ acceptance from donors with a history of COVID‐19. (August 22, 2022)
  • COVID-19-related OPTN Member Monitoring Changes
    The OPTN Executive Committee approved several emergency policies to suspend or modify certain existing policy requirements due to unforeseen circumstances that prevent patients. (November 21, 2022)