While the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) emerged in early 2020, risks for morbidity and mortality that this pandemic carries for different categories of genetic disorders are still mostly unknown. Thus, there are no specific recommendations for the diagnosis, management, and treatment of patients with genetic disorders during the COVID-19 or other pandemics. Emerging publications, from Upper-Middle Income countries (UMIC), discuss the recent experiences of genetic centers in the continuity of care for patients with genetic disorders in the context of this pandemic. Many measures to facilitate the plan to continuous genetic care in a well-developed health system, may not be applicable in Low and Middle Income countries (LMIC). With poorly structured health systems and with the lack of established genetic services, the COVID-19 pandemic will easily exacerbate the access to care for patients with genetic disease in these countries.
Assistant professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences in the American University of Beirut (AUB) Soha Yazbek, along with researchers from the Faculty of Medicine and HudsonAlpha Clinical Services Lab, in Huntsville, Alabama published an article focusing on the unique challenges of providing genetic healthcare services during emergency situations in LMIC countries and provides practical preparations for this and sets forth nine recommendations.
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