The AASM COVID-19 Task Force is providing this update to help sleep medicine clinicians understand current issues and considerations related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This information supplements the guidance already available in the AASM summary of CDC recommendations and the considerations for the practice of sleep medicine.
We are unaware of any known COVID-19 outbreaks associated with care provided by sleep centers. Therefore, the mitigation strategies that sleep labs and practices have been implementing appear to be promoting patient and staff safety. Some of the evidence-based strategies recommended by the CDC that our members have implemented include the use of face coverings by employees and patients, physical distancing, sanitization practices, screening for symptoms before entry into clinical spaces, COVID-19 pre-testing, and widespread use of telemedicine. These strategies are most effective when used in a multi-pronged approach.