AGA Update: Pre-endoscopy COVID Testing Is Not Needed

Here’s a link: AGA says stay the course, despite the Delta variant

An excerpt:

“AGA suggests against re-instituting routine pre-procedure testing prior to elective endoscopy. The downsides (delays in patient care, burden, inaccurate results) outweigh potential benefits. Infection and transmission of SARS-CoV2 from asymptomatic individuals is rare especially among vaccinated health care workers using personal protective equipment (PPE), even with the emergence of the Delta variant.”

“If PPE is available, AGA recommends using N95 masks” for both upper endoscopy and colonoscopy”