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Updated July 9, 2020


Guidance for Return to Practice for Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

The AAO-HNS, with the collaboration of the otolaryngology specialty societies, has developed recommendations for a safe return to practice that are being presented in two parts. These will be “living documents” that will be updated on a regular basis as new information becomes available. Resources include downloadable PDFs, podcasts, and video versions of each podcast. To access all of the materials available, click HERE

  • Part One, released on May 7, contains comprehensive general considerations that are applicable to all practice settings and specialty areas of otolaryngologists’ practice. Page 6 was updated on July 1, 2020, to include testing guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of America. 
  • Part Two, released on May 15, contains specific recommendations encompassing prioritization and special circumstances related to surgical procedures for all specialty areas.

[July 10] CDC: Race/Ethnicity, Underlying Medical Conditions, Homelessness, and Hospitalization Status of Adult Patients with COVID-19 at an Urban Safety-Net Medical Center — Boston, Massachusetts, 2020 Read More. 

[July 8] NIH Launches Clinical Trials Network to Test COVID-19 Vaccines and Other Prevention Tools Read More.

[July 7] CDC: Clinical Questions about COVID-19 Questions and Answers Read More. 

[July 6] FDA Issued Emergency Use Authorization for Point of Care Antigen Test Read More. 

[July 6] Paycheck Protection Program Has Reopened

The Paycheck Protection Program resumed accepting applications July 6, 2020, at 9:00 AM EDT in response to President signing the program's extension legislation. The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020. Read More. 

[July 1] Congress Approves PPP Deadline Extension through August 8 

The U.S. House of Representatives followed the Senate in passing a five-week extension of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The bill has been sent to President Trump, who is expected to sign the legislation into law. Approximately $130 billion of funding remains available for new PPP loans. Once the bill in enacted, qualified small businesses, including physician practices, will have until August 8 to apply for relief. Learn more here

[June 30] Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Guidelines on the Diagnosis of COVID-19

Access the full guidelines HERE. Content specific to testing from IDSA can be found in the following locations of the guidelines:

  • The Executive Summary includes an algorithm based on 15 recommendations for SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid testing based on systematic reviews of the diagnostic literature. (Figure 1)
  • Recommendation 15: The IDSA panel suggests SARS-CoV-2 RNA testing in asymptomatic individuals without a known exposure to COVID-19 who are undergoing a time-sensitive aerosol generating procedure (e.g., bronchoscopy) when PPE is limited, and testing is available (conditional recommendation, very low certainty of evidence).

[June 30] FDA Takes Action to Help Facilitate Timely Development of Safe, Effective COVID-19 Vaccines Read More. 

[June 25] CDC: COVID-19 in Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups Read More.