Milan (IT), 16 December 2020 - The International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) is pleased to present its COVID-19 Information Guide. The IFCC Information Guide on COVID-19, initially published on 23 March 2020, is continuously updated. The current version is dated: Monday 7 December. A Summary of the Guide in Spanish and Czech is also available. 

Coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated to COVID-19, is an emerging global pandemic caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). As the number of individuals infected with COVID-19 continues to rise globally and healthcare systems become increasingly stressed, it is clear that the clinical laboratory plays an essential role in this crisis, contributing to patient screening, diagnosis, monitoring/treatment, as well as epidemiologic recovery and surveillance. The IFCC COVID-19 Information Guide aims to organize relevant available information on laboratory screening, testing protocols, diagnosis, and other general information on COVID-19 for laboratory professionals, including links to helpful resources and interim guidelines. It is continually updated as new guidelines and literature become available.

The Guide sections are:

  1. General Information
  2. Patient Screening
  3. Diagnostic Testing
  4. Biosafety Guidelines for the Clinical Laboratory
  5. Biochemical Monitoring of COVID-19 Patients
  6. Other Educational Materials & Webinars
  7. Big Data Tools 

Coordinators of the IFCC COVID-19 Guide are: Mary Kathryn Bohn and Khosrow Adeli University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada



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