ASPN has been actively monitoring the developments related to COVID-19 and the emerging - outbreaks - within the United States - and elsewhere. - We are committed to the health and wellbeing of our membership and the patients and families you serve.

The PAS 2020 meeting has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. - The PAS program office should communicate directly with you about hotel reservations (which should be automatically canceled if you made a reservation through the PAS website) and refunding your conference fee if you have already registered for the meeting.

Members of our Clinical Affairs Committee have put together pertinent guidance below, on caring for renal patients. - - This will be placed and updated on the ASPN Website.


World Health Organization

General Family Information: AAP

CDC: Resources for higher risk individuals

Regional Contact Information for Hospital Preparedness Program (HHS recommends contacting local/state health departments if supplies are running low)

NIH COVID-19 Website

European Society for Pediatric Nephrology COVID-19 Resources

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Map

NephJC COVID-19 Information, with links to transplant and pediatric information

IPNA COVID Initiative

CDC MMWR: Coronavirus 2019 in Children- United States, February 12-April 2, 2020

IPNA COVID-19 Resources

Slides from COCA call

Upcoming ISN-IPNA Webinar: COVID-19 and the Kidney: interesting differences and similarities between children and adults Wednesday, July 1, 9-10 EST
Registration information: -

ASN Webinar: AKI: the Kidney/Lung Connection and Fluid Management in COVID-19

Registration for upcoming ISN-IPNA Webinar: COVID-19 and the Kidney: Interesting Differences and Similarities Between Children and Adults

Protecting civil rights during COVID-19. - ASN podcast

COVID-19 Toolkit for Nephrology Clinicians: Preparing for a Surge. - ASN

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) interim guidance. - AAP

Guidance: Paediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome Temporally Associated with COVID-19- Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health


COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Pfizer- BioNTech vaccine: Safety and efficacy of the BNT162b2 mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine. - Polack et al. - NEJM

Moderna vaccine (preliminary data): An mRNA vaccine against SARS-CoV-2- Preliminary Report. - Jackson et al. - NEJM

CDC: What every clinician should know about COVID-19 vaccine safety (COCA call recording)

CDC: What clinicians need to know about the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. - COCA call on Friday, December 18 from 2:00-3:00

AAP COVID 19 Vaccine frequently asked questions

CDC: Learn about the new mRNA COVID-19 vaccine

CHOP Vaccine education center: Questions and answers about COVID-19 vaccines

AAP. - Interim guidance for COVID-19 vaccination in children and adolescents

Interim results of a Phase 1-2a trial of As26.COV2.S Covid-19 vaccine (Johnson and Johnson vaccine). - Sadoff et al. - NEJM

General articles on mRNA vaccines

Developing mRNA-vaccine technologies. - Schlake et al. - RNA biology. - 2012

mRNA vaccine delivery using lipid nanoparticles. - Reichmuth et al. - Therapeutic Delivery. - 2016.

mRNA as a transformative technology for vaccine development to control infectious disease. - Maruggi et al. - Molecular Therapy. - 2019

Information for Dialysis Centers

Link to ASN dialysis webinar from 4/2/20 (PDF of slide sis also available on this site)

The Children's Hospital Association Hosted a Webinar Presented by the CDC on Preparing Dialysis Units for Covid-19

CDC Dialysis Recommendations: Interim additional guidance for infection prevention and control recommendations for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 in outpatient hemodialysis facilities:

American Society of Nephrology- COVID-19 Information for Providers of Dialysis Service- webinar:



Webinar Recording Available: COVID-19 Informational Webinar for Providers of - Dialysis Services

On March 11, 2020, ASN conducted an informational webinar focusing on new COVID-19 guidance for dialysis facilities from CDC and a presentation on managing patients with COVID-19 who require dialysis. This 60-minute webinar explored the possible implications for patients receiving renal replacement therapy and the staff who care for them. The webinar featured presentations from Shannon Novosad, MD, of - CDC, and Suzanne Watnick, MD, FASN, and Liz McNamara, MN, RN, of Northwest Kidney Centers.

The webinar recording and slides - have been posted on the NTDS website, which also has links to all updated materials from CDC.

ASN COVID-19 AKI Webinar (featuring Dr. Goldstein)


Full webinar available at:

Kidney Transplant Information

From American Society for Transplantation for transplant recipients: Coronavirus disease 2019: frequently asked questions.

American Society of Transplantation: COVID-19: FAQs for Organ Transplantation (geared more towards transplant providers):

US Department of Health and Human Services: Information for transplant programs and OPOs regarding 2019 novel Coronavirus:

Association of organ procurement organizations: COVID-19 bulletin (information regarding organ procurement)

Please see the UNOS website for updates regarding making patients temporarily inactive due to COVID-19, and temporarily inactivating your programu2019s waiting less if you will be unable to provide transplant services in the coming weeks or months

UNOS Webinar: Organ Donation and Transplant Town Hall

UNOS website: rCOVID-19 Transplant Refusal Codes

American Society of Transplant Surgeons COVID-19 Strike Force (recommendations surrounding prioritizing transplants)

UCSF: COVID-10 Frequently Asked Questions for Pediatric Immunocompromised Host Clinicians

The Transplantation Society COVID-19 Dashboard

The Transplantation Society Global Transplantation Covid Report March 2020

NephJC Covid-19 Transplant Info

The Transplantation Societyu2019s Transplant Infectious Disease Update on COVID-19

American Society of Transplantation COVID-19 FAQs

UNOS: COVID-19 Weekly Organ Recovery and Usage MAP (RUM)

UNOS: Covid-19 News and Resources for Transplant Patients

AST Recommendations and Guidance for Organ Donor Testing

Updated Shielding Guidance for Children with Kidney Disease, on Dialysis, and Immunosuppression (Including Kidney Transplants). - British Association for Paediatric Nephrology, The Renal Association.

ASN COVID-19 Transplant Webinar from 4/23/20

Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic on Pediatric Kidney Transplant in the United States. Charnaya et al. Pediatric Nephrology

Research and Commentary Articles

Epidemiology/Pediatric Disease

The Novel Coronavirus 2019 Epidemic and Kidneys (Naicker et al, Kidney International)

Epidemiological characteristics of 2143 pediatric patients with 2019 coronavirus disease in China (Dong at al, Pediatrics)

Covid-19 in children: initial characterization of the pediatric disease

Epidemiology and Clinical Features of Coronavirus 2019 in Children, Choi et al, Clinical and Experimental Pediatrics

Detection of Covid-19 in Children in Early January 2020 in Wuhan, China, - Liu et al. NEJM

Presenting Characteristics, Comorbidities, and Outcomes Among 5700 Patients Hospitalized with COVID-19 in the New York City Area. - Richardson et al. - JAMA

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Infection in Children and Adolescents: A Systemic Review. - Castagnoli et al, JAMA Pediatrics

Children with Covid-19 in Pediatric Emergency Departments in Italy- Parri et al, NEJM

CDC MMWR: Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Routine Pediatric Vaccine Ordering and Administration- United States, 2020

Characteristics and Outcomes of Children with COVID-19 Infection Admitted to US and Canadian PICUs, Shekerdemian et al, JAMA Pediatrics

Coinfection and Other Clinical Characteristics of COVID-19 in Children. - Wu et al. Pediatrics -

General Information: COVID-19 and the Kidneys

Be Aware of Acute Kidney Injury in Critically Ill Children with COVID-19. - Wang et al. - Pediatric Nephrology.

Kidney Disease in the Time of COVID-19: Major challenges to Patient Care, - Rabb, The Journal of Clinical Investigation

Early Description of Coronavirus 2019 Disease in Kidney Transplant Recipients in New York, JASN

How COVID-19 has Changed the Management of Glomerular Diseases. - Bomback et al, CJASN

Renal Involvement and Early Prognosis in Patients with COVID-19 Pneumonia. - Pei at al, JASN

Acute Kidney Injury in Patients Hospitalized with COVID-19. Jirsch et al, Kidney International

How should I manage Immunosuppression in a Kidney Transplant Patient with COVID-19? - An ERA-EDTA DESCARTES Expert Opinion. - Maggiore et al, Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation.

SARS-Co-V-2 Infection in Spanish Children with Kidney Pathologies. - Melgosa et al. Pediatric Nephrology.

Pediatric COVID-19-Associated Rhabdomyolysis: A Case Report. - Gefen et al. - Pediatric Nephrology

COVID-19 in Patients with Kidney Disease. - Ajaimy et al, CJASN

Acute Kidney Injury in COVID-19: Emerging Evidence of a Distinct Pathophysiology. - Battle et al. - JASN

Role of pediatric nephrologists in managing adults with AKI due to COVID-19. Lipton et al. Pediatric Nephrology

Acute kidney injury in COVID-19: emerging evidence of a distinct pathophysiology. Batlle et al. JASN

COVID-19 and the kidney: what we think we know so far and what we donu2019t. - Farouk et al. - Journal of Nephrology

Kidney biopsy findings in patients with COVID-19. - Kudose et al. - JASN

AKI in COVID-19 associated MIS-C. - Lipton et al, Kidney 360

AKI in Pediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome temporally associated with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 pandemic: experience from PICUs across United Kingdom. - Deep et al. Critical Care Medicine

Renal Transplant/Immunosuppressed Patients

Successful recovery of covid-19 pneumonia in a renal transplant recipient with long-term immunosuppression (only 1 adult patient, but there is very limited data on this topic)

COVID-19: A Global Transplant Perspective on Successfully Navigating a Pandemic

Outpatient Management of the Kidney Transplant Recipient During the SARS-CoV-2 Virus Pandemic

The Severity of COVID-19 in Children on Immunosuppressive Medication, Marlais et al, The Lancet

Organ Procurement and Transplantation During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Loupy et al, The Lancet

COVID-19: Implications for Immunosuppression in Kidney Disease and Transplantation. - Kronbichler et al, Nature Reviews Nephrology

Presentation and Outcomes of Patients with ESKD and COVID-19. Valeri et al, JASN

The Immunocompromised Transplant Recipient and SARS-CoV-2 Infection. - Fishman. - JASN.

COVID-19 in children with nephrotic syndrome on anti-CD-20 chronic immunosuppression. Angeletti et al. CJASN

Presentation and outcomes of patients with ESKD and COVID-19. Valeri et al. JASN

Kidney allograft recipients, immunosuppression, and coronavirus disease-2019: a report of consecutive cases from a New York City transplant center. - Lubetzky et al, Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation


Asymptomatic Seroconversion of Immunoglobulins to SARS-CoV-2 in a Pediatric Dialysis Unit. - Haines et al. - JAMA.

Epidemiology of COVID-19 in an Urban Dialysis Center. - Corbett et al. - JASN

Hypertension/Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosteron System Inhibitors

Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System Inhibitors in Patients with Covid-19, - Vaduganathan et al, NEJM

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Infection and Renin Angiotensin System Blockers, Bavishi C et al, JAMA Cardiology

ACE2, COVID-19, and ACE Inhibitor and ARB Use during the Pandemic: The Pediatric Perspective. - Hypertension, South, Brady, and Flynn

Clinical Affairs & Practice Management Committee:
Position Statement on COVID-19 and Ace Inhibitor and Angiotensin Receptor Blocker use in Children with Hypertension and Kidney Disease

AHA/ACC Position Statement

NEPHJC Website - Peer Reviewed Information Regarding ACEI/ARB


Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin as a Treatment of COVID-19: Results of an Open-Label Non-Randomized Clinical Trial, - Gautret P et al. International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents

Pharmacologic Treatments for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), A review, Sanders et al, JAMA

Multicenter Initial Guidance on Use of Antivirals for Children with COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2

Remdesivir in Patients with Acute or Chronic Kidney Disease and COVID-19. - Adamsick et al, JASN

COVID-19 and Calcineurin Inhibitors: Should They Get Left Out in the Storm? Willicombe et al, JASN.

Remdesivir in patients with acute or chronic kidney disease and COVID-19. Adamsick et al. JASN

Health Disparities and COVID-19

Sheltering in Place in a Xenophobic Climate: COVID-19 and Children in Immigrant Families. - Cholera et al, Pedaitrics

COVID-19, racism, and racial disparities in kidney disease. Crews et al. JASN

Racial/Ethnic and Socioeconomic Disparities of SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Children. - Goyal et al, Pediatrics - - - - - - - - -

Resources for Return to School

Returning to school during COVID-19-

COVID-19 and children with medical complexity ECHO (extension for community health outcomes) AAP

State school reopening plans. - AAP

COVID-19 planning considerations: guidance for school reentry. - AAP

COVID-19 transmission and children: the child is not to blame. - Lee, Raszca, Pediatrics

COVID-19 in schools- the experience in NSW

CDC Back to school decision making tool

FAQu2019s regarding return to school for children after solid organ transplant in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic

Return to School for Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant Recipients in the United States During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Expert Opinion on Key Considerations and Best Practices. - Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. - Downes et al.

Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in Australian Educational Settings: A Prospective Cohort Study. - Macartney et al. - The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.

Collections of Articles

NIHu2019s LitCOVID

NEJMu2019s Journal Watch COVID-19 Summaries

JAMA Networku2019s COVID-19 Coverage

Lancetu2019s Hub

AAPu2019s Red Book Online COVID-19

CJASN COVID-19 Articles

Research Projects that are Enrolling COVID-19 Positive Pediatric Nephrology Patients

Research project through ERKNet on behalf of Dr. Kjell Tullus and Dr. Marina Vivarelli

We have launched a global study where we invite all paediatric nephrologist in the world to include data from anonymized children with COVID-19.

The survey can be accessed here.

From Dr. McBryde at the NIH:

This is another de-idenitfied registry of children with COVID-19:

u2018The website for the registry is: The site contains information on the provision of de-identified data, IRB oversight, and case report forms for data submission. There are, I believe, information related to authorship guidelines, as well.

While the data is heavily focused on pediatric malignancies, the data collection form does include children who are immunosuppressed and have a number of organ system diseases, including renal disorders. Hopefully, this registry will be a good first step to describing COVID-19 in pediatric patients, and provide some hypothesis generation for future investigations into specific disorders and medication exposures.


Documenting COVID-19

CMS End-stage Renal Disease Provideru2019s Toolkit

COVID-19 Telehealth Coding and Billing Practice Management Tips

Renal Physicians Association Guidance on Billing and Coding for Remote Nephrology Services

ASPN Workforce Committee Webinar: Telemedicine - Covid-19 Updates, March 26, 2020

AAP Compiled List of State Regulations

AAP Webinar on Telehealth (19 minutes):

CMS Toolkit- ESRD -

CMS toolkit u2013 General Nephrology

Renal Physicians Association guidance on remote billing and coding

Summary of CMS Interim Final Rules on Billing

AAMC: Tools for Clinical Teaching via Telehealth

Center for Connected Health Policy: Quick Glance State Telehealth Actions in Response to COVID-19

Center for Connected Health Policy : Telehealth Coverage Policies in the Time of COVID-19 to Date (April 20, 2020)

ASPN: ESRD Provider Telehealth and Telemedicine Took Kit

General Workforce Issues

AMA: Article on Caring for our Caregivers during COVID

AAP CME Offer: In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the AAP is expanding its online education to all members. Pedialink, the AAP's online education portal, is offering - all - courses free of charge to - all - levels of membership for the time being. Login at - Pedialink. On the Continuing Education tab, go to CME Finder and choose online courses. Any member can choose a course from this list where they can register through ShopAAP at no charge.

American Board of Pedaitrics: Information Regarding Board Certification, MOC Requirements, and MOCA-Peds during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wellness Resources

Headspace app u2013 free for medical professionals


Recommendations for home BP monitoring (with many thanks to Dr. Tammy Brady):

Each of the following 3 home devices has strengths and weaknesses, but all were tested in children and passed the testing. - Information about the validation testing is below

Welch Allyn ProBP2000: tested in 35 children as part of a larger study, used K4 as diastolic

Omron: tested in almost 200 children, but the participants were normotensive and the validation protocol used was less stringent

A&D: tested in 85 children with a reasonable protocol, grade B for SBP, grade A for DBP

This video describes preparing an individual for blood pressure measurement:

Renin-angiotensin system blockers and the COVID-19 pandemic (Hypertension)

Patient Information/Wellness


Patient and family handouts from the Action learning Network (primarily focused towards children with heart disease or heart transplant, but very relevant to children with kidney disease)

COVID-19 Mental Health Resources

National Kidney Foundation Website

National Kidney Foundation patient handout- resources for patients with kidney disease -

American Academy of Pediatrics: COVID-19: Information for families for children and youth with special health care needs

AAP Webinar: Resilience in Stressful Times and Connecting During Times of Trauma (20 minutes)

Resident/Fellow Education

Teaching Resources for Nephrology Fellows

Teaching Hospitals, Teaching Physicians and Medical Residents: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19