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AMWA Statement on COVID-19, March 2020

Friday, March 6, 2020  

The American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) is the leading professional organization for writers, editors, and other communicators of medical information. AMWA supports evidence- and science-based medicine; the use of clear language to accurately communicate science and medicine to all stakeholders—consumers, health care professionals, regulators, and government officials alike; and the use of objectivity and diligent research in pursuit of accurate and unbiased reporting.

In the face of fear, anxiety, and the spread of misinformation regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, AMWA leaders urge the public to heed the expert advice of the highly trained physicians and scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the World Health Organization (WHO) as they work to minimize the effect of the outbreak and contain transmission of COVID-19. These organizations are continuously updating their websites with new information and resources.  

Additional COVID-19 resources provided by other associations/societies

The American Medical Association (AMA) has a resource center for physicians https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/public-health/covid-19-2019-novel-coronavirus-resource-center-physicians and is urging its members to remember that the best response in a health emergency is to remain calm and let healthcare practitioner training and science guide them. AMA leadership is also encouraging its members to promote the fact that viruses don’t target specific populations, ethnicities, or racial groups.

The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), a community of physicians, scientists, and public health experts who specialize in infectious diseases, is keeping its members and the public up to date on COVID-19 with a public resource page. https://www.idsociety.org/public-health/Novel-Coronavirus/.  

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), an association for infection preventionists (IPs), provides its members and the public information on COVID-19 on its resource page. https://apic.org/news/2019-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-resources/

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) provides research funding and resources for the scientific community to facilitate the development of vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics for infectious diseases, including those caused by coronaviruses. https://www.niaid.nih.gov/diseases-conditions/coronaviruses

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