The COVID-19 pandemic has created an extremely challenging situation for members of the global bleeding disorders community. In a world where basic care for many is a daily challenge, the restrictions placed on people with bleeding disorders by COVID-19 have made things even more challenging. Yesterday, “General Plenary: Managing COVID-19 and bleeding disorders” looked at how to best manage a bleeding disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the talk, Cedric Hermans, MD, Medical member, WFH Board of Directors, offered practical guidance on managing bleeding disorders during COVID-19. Flora Peyvandi, MD, went over the clinical manifestations of COVID-19, which were informed by her front-line work in Italy during the crisis. The session also went over the topics covered during the first WFH webinar on COVID-19 and how it is impacting the international bleeding disorders community.
At the end of the session, Hermans left the participants with some parting thoughts: “Closing this last plenary session and on behalf of the World Federation of Hemophilia, I would like to thank all of you for your active contribution to the success of this Virtual Summit. I would like to thank in particular the speakers, the WFH teams and the technicians and IT experts behind the scene and your screen. I would also like to thank our sponsors who have placed their trust in us. Once again the WFH and the hemophilia community have demonstrated their enormous dynamism, adaptability, solidarity and potential to successfully go through difficult situations. The Summit will soon come to an end with many projects and new ambitions for the hemophilia community. Thank you.”
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