Drs. Buja and Vander Heide will discuss up-to-date information regarding the pathobiology of COVID-19 based on their personal experiences conducting autopsies on COVID-19 positive patients in Houston, Texas and New Orleans, Louisiana, respectively. In addition, they will review information from autopsy series starting to emerge from other US cities as well as other countries. The speakers will present the actual evidence that COVID-19 is a systemic viral disease with multifaceted abnormalities of the lungs and the heart.
Drs. Buja and Williamson will discuss and address the concerns surrounding the postmortem examination of COVID-19 decedents as well as the use of effective personal protective equipment while conducting these autopsies. In addition, the speakers will share their knowledge of the findings reported to date in decedents dying of or with COVID-19
Drs. Tsongalis and Fernandes will discuss the challenges of implementing Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) testing for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA during the recent COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, they will focus on the implementation and clinical utility of these EUA tests for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA at laboratories in the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.