As you may know, Food allergy Research and Education (FARE) issued new interim guidelines yesterday regarding the handling of anaphylaxis during the COVID-19 crisis. We believe it is required reading for anyone that suffers from a food allergy or cares for someone who does.
FARE’s new guidance introduces a change to their Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan to help avoid the exposure to COVID-19 that a visit to the emergency room might entail.
The new recommendations are intended as guidelines for physicians. Patients are urged to contact their physicians to discuss the new guidelines, acceptance of which depends on the patient’s prior medical history and the local circumstances regarding COVID-19 infections and emergency room utilization.
That said, news of the new guidelines sparked heated debate in a number of online forums, with some members decrying FARE’s decision as alarmist or somehow political in nature.
In order to bring further clarity to the thinking behind the FARE announcement, here we provide a link to the original editorial published on April 18, 2020 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI) providing the rationale behind the new guidance:
Dr Tom Cassale, FARE’s Chief Medical Advisor for Operations and the lead author of the above article, has recorded a Q&A style video to answer many of the questions you might have about food allergies during the COVID-19 crisis: