Released on Jul 3, 2020

Joint GI Society Statement on Measures to Prevent Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 Virus

The AASLD, ACG, AGA and ASGE medical professional societies are dedicated to improving the digestive health and wellbeing of all people regardless of age, sex, race, or ethnicity. We strongly endorse the wearing of face masks and of physical separation in any public area to prevent the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. These are essential preventive measures given that many individuals who can transmit the virus may be completely asymptomatic. Our endorsement is based on the recommendation by the CDC that people wear cloth face coverings outside their household and keep 6 feet between themselves and others.i Evidence from several studiesii suggests that masks combined with physical distancing and consistent hand washing/sanitizing help prevent transmission.



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American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
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About Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures allow the gastroenterologist to visually inspect the upper gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach and duodenum) and the lower bowel (colon and rectum) through an endoscope, a thin, flexible device with a lighted end and a powerful lens system. Endoscopy has been a major advance in the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases. For example, the use of endoscopes allows the detection of ulcers, cancers, polyps and sites of internal bleeding. Through endoscopy, tissue samples (biopsies) may be obtained, areas of blockage can be opened and active bleeding can be stopped. Polyps in the colon can be removed, which has been shown to prevent colon cancer.

About the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Since its founding in 1941, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has been dedicated to advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence and innovation in gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with more than 15,000 members worldwide, promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education. Visit and for more information and to find a qualified doctor in your area.


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