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COVID-19: Updates and Resources

New Content in Brief: March 27, 2020

  • Coming Soon! Experience From Front-Line Leaders in China: Session 1: Strategies for Controlling the Pandemic
  • Now Available! Experience From Front-Line Leaders in China: Session 2: Strategies for Patient Management Advice From the Front Lines
  • This handy infographic displays updated PPE recommendations for usage with patients who test positive or are suspected positive for COVID-19. Clinical Resources
  • Curtis N. Sessler, MD, FCCP, deconstructs mechanical ventilation, discussing components, breaths, and modes and addresses other topics, including complications, liberation from ventilation, and noninvasive positive-pressure ventilation. CHEST e-Learning Modules from the Experts
  • Ronald Grossman, MD, FCCP, discusses the importance of pathogens in CAP and identifies the long-term implications of pneumonia and the impact of therapeutic recommendations. CHEST e-Learning Modules from the Experts
  • Andrew Klein, MS, RT, discusses his experience ramping up to manage patients with COVID-19 with Victor Test, MD, FCCP. Advice From the Front Lines


Recognizing the importance of staying connected with the community, our CHEST front-line clinicians share their experiences and plans for the future as they navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Steven Q. Simpson, MD, FCCP

CHEST President-Elect and COVID-19 Task Force Chair
KU Medical Center


Personal Protective Equipment for COVID-19

Updated Recommendations for COVID-19 PPE

  • This handy infographic displays updated PPE recommendations for usage with patients who test positive or are suspected positive for COVID-19. Download now!
    Updated Recommendations for COVID-19 PPE

CHEST Articles

  • Management of Patients with COVID-19 Infection
    Ryan C. Maves, MD, FCCP; and Vikram Mukherjee, MD
    This brief article describes known factors related to the transmission of COVID-19, its epidemiologic and clinical factors, and offers guidance on patient management and the protection of healthcare workers. (Written March 11, 2020)
  • Indicators and Triggers for Potential Movement to Crisis Care
    John L. Hick, MD; and Dan Hanfling
    This article provides a refresher on transition to crisis care standards of care, often necessitated in pandemics, and offers strategies to employ in particular situations. (March 19, 2020)
  • Surge Priority Planning COVID-19: Critical Care Staffing and Nursing Considerations
    Anne Marie Martland, MS, ACNP-BC; Meredith Huffines, MS, BA, RN; and Kiersten Henry, DNP, ACNP-BC
    This article addresses nursing leadership and administrative considerations, strategies for optimizing staffing resources, and maintaining staff safety and resilience. (March 19, 2020)
  • Essential Institutional Supply Chain Management in the Setting of COVID-19
    Pritish K. Tosh, MD; and Lisa Burry, PharmD
    As the COVD-19 pandemic evolves, supply chain disruptions for medical supplies and medications are anticipated. As a result, health-care facilities must examine and optimize their supply chain management in order to detect and respond to supply chain disruptions. (March 19, 2020)

COVID-19 Clinical Trial

  • For individuals with high-risk exposure to COVID-19, there is a trial at the University of Minnesota of hydroxychloroquine as post-exposure prophylaxis. It is open to health-care workers from "across the United States" and others with a high-risk exposure. Only asymptomatic individuals with high-risk exposure are eligible, within 3 days of the exposure. If you think you might qualify, you can email covid19@umn.edu.

    For additional info: https://med.umn.edu/news-events/covid-19-clinical-trial-launches-university-minnesota

Additional Resources

World Health Organization (WHO)
For the latest situation updates regarding COVID-19, including data and technical guidance, please visit the World Health Organization.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
For updated information and guidance on COVID-19 including how to protect yourself and other resources for the community, please visit the CDC.

John Hopkins University of Medicine
For daily updates for the John Hopkins community on health and well-being as it relates to COVID-19, please vist John Hopkins University.

Mayo Clinic


CPT® Code and Description

The resources below provide important information COVID-19 related CPT® codes and descriptions. The new coding guidelines are effective immediately and will be standard across the US health system. ICD-10-CM coding guidelines for encounters related to coronavirus are also available. Check the American Medical Association for updated information related to flexible CMS and regulatory flexibility during COVID 19.

Medicare Telehealth Expanded Coverage

Through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Trump Administration has announced the expansion of Medicare telehealth coverage, effective March 6, 2020. Included below is an important fact sheet and FAQs regarding this expanded coverage.

For more information on the expansion of telehealth services, please review the below guidelines put together by CHEST's Joint Clinical Practice Committee.

CHEST Task Force

In early March 2020, CHEST President Stephanie Levine, MD, FCCP, asked Steven Q. Simpson, MD, FCCP, to lead a task force made up of CHEST experts across our NetWorks in Chest Infections, Critical Care, and Disaster Response and Global Health to ensure CHEST properly supports our community in this time of need. Through the development of educational resources and advice, this group aims to provide meaningful and complementary guidance to that emerging from the CDC and from your local settings. Please keep us apprised of your needs. We welcome input and ask that you contact us via COVID-19@chestnet.org to tell us how we can best support you.

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Steven Simpson, MD, FCCP

COVID-19 Task Force, Chair
Board of Regents, President-Elect

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Christopher Carroll, MD, FCCP

Critical Care NetWork, Chair
Social Media Work Group, Co-Chair

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James Geiling, MD, MPH, FCCP

Disaster Response and Global Health, Chair

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Holly Keyt, MD, FCCP

Chest Infections NetWork, Vice-Chair

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Stephanie Levine, MD, FCCP

Board of Regents, President

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Ryan Maves, MD, FCCP

Disaster Response and Global Health, Vice-Chair

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Septimiu Murgu, MD, FCCP

Education Committee, Chair

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Marcos Restrepo, MD, PhD, FCCP

Chest Infections, Chair

Media resources

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