COVID-19 Special Edition

CF and COVID-19: The Data and the Real World

In this issue:

Do cystic fibrosis lung impairment and the COVID-19 virus create the disastrous combination they would seem to make? What do the currently published data say about the clinical effects of the pandemic on people living with CF? How have the safety-mandated lockdowns and clinic closures affected CF care teams’ ability to effectively maintain their patients’ health? What information out there is proved, what’s speculation, and what is simply unknown? 

These questions are the focus of this eCysticFibrosis Review Special COVID Edition issue. Lisa Saiman MD, MPH, professor of pediatrics at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, analyzes the current literature investigating these questions and then speaks directly with front-line clinicians about what they’re experiencing as they navigate a disrupted health care system. 

Learning objective:

  • Evaluate the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on the treatment of people with CF. 


Lisa Saiman, MD, MPH
Lisa Saiman, MD, MPH

Professor of Pediatrics 
Columbia University Irving Medical Center 
Hospital Epidemiologist, Department of Infection and Control 
New York-Presbyterian Hospital 
New York, NY

John J. LiPuma, MD
John J. LiPuma, MD

Professor of Pediatrics 
University of Michigan Medical School 
Director, Pediatric Infectious Diseases  
C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital  
Ann Arbor, MI

Robert W. Miller, MD
Robert W. Miller, MD

Pediatric Pulmonologist  
Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital 
Director, Lehigh Valley Cystic Fibrosis Center 
Allentown, PA

Marianne Muhlebach, MD
Marianne Muhlebach, MD

Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pulmonary Medicine  
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
Chapel Hill, NC

Program Directors:

Noah Lechtzin, MD, MHA

Director, Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program
Associate Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Peter J. Mogayzel, Jr., MD, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Cystic Fibrosis Center
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Donna Peeler, RN

Clinical Nurse 
Pediatric Clinic Coordinator 
Johns Hopkins Cystic Fibrosis Center 
Baltimore, MD

Length of activity:

1.0 hour Physicians
1.0 contact hour Nurses

Launch date: December 10, 2020
Expiration date: December 9, 2022