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Coronavirus- 2019-nCoV - COVID-19

The Coronavirus (named 2019-nCoV) emerged in Wuhan, China in December 2019.  WHO declared a global health emergency on 30 January 2020, and a number of blood and tissue donor guidelines have been issued - largely based on previous guidelines for SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV. Like SARS and MERS, 2019-nCoV displayed high mortality but low infectivity in the early weeks, with limited person-to-person transmission. However, the epidemic quickly changed to display lower mortality but higher infectivity with increasing evidence of sustained person-to-person transmission. 

Various public health measures taken at local or national level are likely to aid and/or complicate donor assessment, while the rapid evolution of the epidemic demands a precautionary yet flexible approach to suitability guidelines.

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Continuity of Care during the COVID-19 crisis

WMDA wants to support continuity of care at this challenging time. Join us this week for new webinars to connect with you, our members, to give you the opportunity to connect with us and with each other as a community. Share your concerns, solutions, strategies and your ideas how to cope with this new reality we're faced with. Click on the title below to join live at the given date and time.

Monday, April 6th (15:00 CEST): Joint webinar by EBMT and WMDA - a link and more information will follow soon

Tuesday, April 7th (13:00 CEST): NMDP - ensuring continuity of care and sharing experiences. by Steven Devine - NMDP

Thursday, April 9th (12:00 CEST): Singapore BMDP - ensuring continuity of care and sharing thier experience, by Charles Loh, Elaine Tan and Louise Cho

Tuesday, April 14th (14:30 CEST): Gift of Life Marrow Registry - ensuring continuity of care and sharing their experience,by Jay Feinberg, Marti Freund and Amy Glanzman

Weblinks to previous webinars

Thursday, April 2nd: Italian BMDR - ensuring continuity of care and sharing their experience
In this webinar Nicoletta Sacchi, from the Italian BMDR, shares her experience. She tells how IBMDR is ensuring continuity of care and how they managed the last few weeks during the COVID-19 crisis, which has hit Italy so very hard.

Tuesday, March 31: ZKRD - ensuring continuity of care and sharing their experience 
In this webinar Fabian Bosbach and Carlheinz Müller, from ZKRD, share their experience. They explain how ZKRD is ensuring continuity of care and how they are coping with this new reality we're faced with.

Friday, March 27: Donor care – medical aspects 
Our medical team explains the donor suitability criteria and respond to the questions you may have for donor care. Please note that we suffered a technical issue, resulting in problems with the sound during the first minutes. During the Q&A, after 9:09 minutes', the problem is solved. Find Mirjam's presentation here.

Thursday, March 26: Cord Blood Selection Service
Irina Evseeva of Anthony Nolan explains what support you will receive from the cord blood selection service and how it works. Find Irina's presentation here.

Wednesday, March 25: WMDA International Emergency Task Force – Transport challenges
Gabi Rall of DKMS gives you an update on the work that has been done by the WMDA International Emergency Task Force and explore with you how they can support you more in the next weeks. Find Gabi's presentation here.

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