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      Mark Koziol


      In our forum, pre and post-transplant patients comprise a sizable portion of our membership. Reliable and valid professional research regarding lung transplant and COVID-19 has not been readily available to the public. In my pursuit of valid information I came across an article written by Dr. Wayne M. Tsuang, MD, and Dr. Marie M. Budev, DO. I am fortunate to know both of these talented individuals. Dr. Tsuang and Dr. Budev are physicians at the Cleveland Clinic Lung Transplant Center. Dr. Tsuang was my primary pulmonologist when I was being evaluated for a lung transplant. I am currently being treated by Dr. Budev, who is also the Medical Director of the Lung Transplant Program at the Cleveland Clinic.

      The title of the article is. “COVID-19 and Lung Transplant Patients” appears in the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine under the content COVID-19 Curbside Consults. COVID-19 Curbside Consults” address key questions, issues, and concerns and, hopefully, offers solutions to managing patients with COVID-19. “COVID-19 Curbside Consults” is authored by clinicians who confront this infection daily, and they plan frequent updates.” The audience is for medical professionals but is comprehensible for laypersons. There are several articles dedicated to patients with lung disease.

      One of the main points stated in the article is, “transplant patients may not be at a higher risk if proper social distancing and preventative measures are employed.” The message of social distancing and taking preventative measures has been reiterated constantly throughout this pandemic to the general public. With new vaccines being approved for use, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

      The article is mainly comprised of scenarios a lung transplant patient may endure if they were to test positive for COVID-19. The authors provide a detailed response for the treatment of transplant patients with COVID-19. I encourage all our members to read this article and other articles under the COVID-19 Curbside Consult content area. As a side note 

      I am interested to hear from our members on how many have been directly affected by COVID-19 because they or an immediate family member has tested positive?

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