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COVID-19 Information and Resources [Updated September 22, 2020]


The Dysphagia Research Society is a multidisciplinary society of researchers and clinicians (speech-language pathologists, swallowing scientists, physicians, engineers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, dietitians and others) with expertise in swallowing disorders (dysphagia). DRS is organized exclusively for scientific, charitable, and educational purposes. The main purposes of the society are to enhance and encourage interdisciplinary research pertinent to normal and disordered swallowing, and to promote the dissemination of this knowledge into clinical practice. 

COVID-19 Pandemic Response: The world is facing a challenge of enormous magnitude, with the spread of COVID-19. With the rapidly changing situation, there is a lot we still need to learn about the management of patients with dysphagia during and post COVID-19 infection. We realize how difficult it is for healthcare providers to remain updated with current scientific evidence and credible clinical resources during this global health crisisand we want to support you during this difficult time.In response, DRS has created a DRS COVID-19 TASK FORCE to address these concerns and pressing needs.


DRS COVID-19 Taskforce: A multidisciplinary taskforce of international academic and healthcare professionals with expertise in Speech-Language Pathology, Otolaryngology, Gastroenterology, Critical/Intensive Care, Infectious Diseases and Respiratory Care. 

Co-chairs of the DRS COVID-19 Taskforce
Anna Miles
Rinki Varindani Desai MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS, CDP  


Members of the DRS COVID-19 Taskforce

Susan Langmore PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Nadine Connor PhD, CCC-SLP
Martin Brodsky PhD, ScM, CCC-SLP
Georgia Malandraki PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Tim McCulloch MD, FACS
Sudarshan Jadcherla MD, DCH, FRCP (Irel), AGAF
Jacqui Allen MBChB, FRACS
Kendrea L. (Focht) Garand PhD, CScD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CBIS, CCRE
Joe Murray PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Luis Riquelme PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Mike Pulia MD, MS
Mark Moss MD



  • To disseminate credible research and educational resources related to dysphagia management during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • To provide ongoing support to members (clinicians, researchers and educators through the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The DRS COVID-19 Task Force has put together this resource page of credible sources related to COVID-19 research and clinical educational/practice materials. The resource will be regularly updated as new information becomes available. The DRS COVID-19 Resource Page includes research, clinical resources and professional development opportunities, links to professional association recommendations, as well as funding opportunities. We will continue to provide education, communication and research updates that will be complementary and integrated with national and global efforts and guidelines.

DRS COVID-19 Task Force Review Report (manuscript published in the Dysphagia journal on July 11, 2020). Miles, A., Connor, N.P., Desai, R.V. et al. Dysphagia Care Across the Continuum: A Multidisciplinary Dysphagia Research Society Taskforce Report of Service-Delivery During the COVID-19 Global Pandemic. Dysphagia (2020) (link)


DRS Statement on Aerosol Generating Procedures (AGPs): In response to members’ concerns and requests for support related to oropharyngeal dysphagia management and aerosol generating procedures (AGPs), the DRS COVID-19 Task Force has created the following document: DRS Statement of COVID-19 Risk Assessment for Dysphagia Interventions and Aerosol Generating Procedures.

Please email the DRS COVID-19 Taskforce Co-Chairs with questions and/or suggestions
. Further, please let us know if you have found any additional resources not yet posted. Our aim is to support the safety of our members and to ensure the best care for patients with dysphagia around the world.

Co-chairs of the DRS COVID-19 Taskforce
Anna Miles PhD
Rinki Varindani Desai M.S.,CCC-SLP, CBIS, CDP

DISCLAIMER: To the best of the Dysphagia Research Society (DRS) and DRS COVID-19 Task Force’s knowledge, the information presented below is valid and accurate at the time of publication. DRS expressly disclaims any liability (including liability for negligence) with respect to the use of the information provided. DRS recommends you seek independent professional advice prior to making any decision involving matters outlined in this resource page. The implementation and use of these resources will vary, based on location, spread of COVID-19, facility and setting. These resources are meant to serve as an informational resource to help guide service delivery related to dysphagia management, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

(Updated September 22, 2020)
Click on the headings to expand and view the list of resources.



Global Association Guidelines Pertaining to Dysphagia Management During COVID-19
  • American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) Page for Healthcare SLP Service Delivery during COVID-19 (link)
  • British Laryngology Association (link)
  • European Society of Swallowing Disorders (ESSD) COVID-19 page (link)
  • Ireland Association of Speech Language Therapists (IASLT) Guidelines (link)
  • Japanese Society of Dysphagia Rehabilitation (link)
  • Dutch Association for Logopedics and Phoniatrics (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Logopedie en Foniatrie: NVLF) (link) and NVLF COVID-19 Fact Sheet
  • New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists' Association (NZSTA) Guidelines (link)
  • Royal College of Speech Language Therapy (RCSLT) Guidelines (link)
  • Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) Guidelines (link)
  • Speech and Audiology Canada (SAC) Guidelines (link)
  • Pan American Health Organization Guidelines for Rehabilitation during the COVID-19 Outbreak (link)
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (APMR) (link)
  • Guidance for Return to Practice for Otolaryngology - Head Neck Surgery (link)
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Resource Page (link)
  • Society of Swallowing and Dysphagia of Japan: Position Statement on Dysphagia Management during the COVID-19 Outbreak (link)


Dysphagia-Specific Resources related to Aerosol Generating Procedures (AGPs), Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Infection Control during COVID-19
  • DRS Statement on AGPs (link)
  • ASHA guidance on SLP Aerosol Generating Procedures (link)
  • RCSLT Report on Aerosol Generating Procedures (link)
  • RCSLT guidance on PPE (link)
  • SLP-specific Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Recommendations (link)
  • Speech Pathology Australia Service Delivery and Infection Control Guidelines (link)
  • CDC Recommendations for Infection Prevention and Control during COVID-19 (link)
  • ASHA resource page for infection control for SLPs (link)
  • RCSLT Guidance on SLP-led endoscopic procedures in the COVID-19 pandemic (link)


Telehealth / Telepractice Resources
  • ASHA Telepractice during COVID-19 Resource Page (link)
    Important note for clinicians providing telehealth within the United States: Please be sure to read all regulations, requirements, legal and practical considerations, as well as payment and coverage considerations on the ASHA resource page above, to ensure that dysphagia services provided via telehealth are appropriate and will be reimbursed. This will differ for Medicare, Medicaid (state-by-state) and commercial insurance beneficiaries. Clinicians are advised to inquire about these issues in close collaboration with their respective risk management, authorization and billing departments.
  • Speech Pathology Australia Telepractice Training and Webisodes (link)
  • Purdue I-EaT Research Lab’s Telehealth Recommendations for Dysphagia Management during COVID-19 (link)
  • Purdue I-EaT Research Lab’s Telehealth References for Dysphagia Management (link)
  • RCSLT Telehealth Guidance (link)
  • NZ Telehealth Resource Centre (link
  • SAC COVID-19 Telehealth Resource Page (link)


Research Resources


COVID-19-Related Research Funding Opportunities

Journal Articles
Research published related to COVID-19, especially scientific evidence pertaining to dysphagia management and rehabilitation is growing gradually. The DRS COVID-19 Task Force has put together this resource of credible sources related to COVID-19 research. These resources will be updated regularly to allow members to remain well-informed.

  • Dysphagia in COVID-19: Multi-level damage to the swallowing network? (link)
  • Management of Dysphagia in Nursing Homes During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Strategies and Experiences (link)
  • The Long-Term Effects of COVID-19 on Dysphagia Evaluation and Treatment (link)
  • Shedding Light on Dysphagia Associated with COVID-19: The What and Why (link)
  • Dysphagia Care Across the Continuum: A Multidisciplinary Dysphagia Research Society Taskforce Report of Service-Delivery During the COVID-19 Global Pandemic. Dysphagia (2020) (link)
  • Presenting Characteristics, Comorbidities, and Outcomes among 5700 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in the New York City area. (link)
  • Rehabilitation and respiratory management in the acute and early post-acute phase. "Instant paper from the field" on rehabilitation answers to the Covid-19 emergency (link)
  • Covid-19 and Post Intensive Care Syndrome: A Call for Action. (link)
  • Rehabilitation following critical illness in people with COVID-19 infection. (link)
  • Guidelines of clinical practice for the management of swallowing disorders and recent dysphonia in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. (link)
  • Management of dysphagia in the head and neck cancer patient during COVID-19 pandemic: A practical strategy. (link)
  • Rehabilitation for Patients with Covid-19: Guidance for Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Assistants - McMaster University. (link)
  • Endoscopy units and the COVID-19 Outbreak: A Multi-Center Experience from Italy. (link)
  • Literature-guided recommendations for otolaryngologists during the COVID-19 pandemic: A contemporary review. (link)
  • COVID-19 pandemic: Effects and evidence-based recommendations for otolaryngology and head and neck surgery practice. (link)
  • Aerosol generating procedures and risk of transmission of acute respiratory infections to healthcare workers: a systematic review. (link)
  • Flexible Laryngoscopy and COVID-19. (link)
  • Management of Dysphagia in The Head and Neck Cancer Patient during COVID-19 Pandemic: A Practical Strategy. (link)
  • High-risk aerosol generating procedures in COVID-19: Respiratory protective equipment considerations. (link
  • COVID-19 Pandemic: What every Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon Needs to Know for Safe Airway Management. (link)
  • Tracheostomy Management during the COVID-19 Pandemic. (link
  • Managing the Head and Neck Cancer Patient with Tracheostomy or Laryngectomy During the COVID-19 Pandemic. (link)
  • Procedural precautions and personal protective equipment during head and neck instrumentation in the COVID-19 era. (link)
  • Optimizing your telemedicine visit during the COVID-19 pandemic: Practice Guidelines for head and neck cancer patients. (link)
  • Transition to a Virtual Multidisciplinary Tumor Board during the COVID-19 Pandemic: The University of Pittsburgh Experience. (link)
  • Respiratory and pulmonary complications in head and neck cancer patients. An evidence-based review for the COVID-29 era. (link)         
  • Intensive care management of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): challenges and recommendations. (link
  • Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection in children and adolescents. A systematic review. (link)
  • Visual Dysphagia Evaluation: Practical Guidelines for Dysphagia Management in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic (link
  • Postintubation Dysphagia During COVID-19 Outbreak-Contemporary Review (link)
  • A Paradigm for the Pandemic: A COVID-19 Recovery Unit (link)
  • Management of dysphagia in the patient with head and neck cancer during COVID-19 pandemic: Practical strategy (link)
  • Aerosol generating procedures, dysphagia assessment and COVID-19: A rapid review. (link
  • Aspiration Pneumonia or COVID-19 infection: A Diagnostic Challenge (link
  • Reducing transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (link)
  • Identifying airborne transmission as the dominant route for the spread of COVID-19 (link
  • Challenges in Pediatric Otolaryngology in the COVID-19 pandemic: insights from current protocols and management strategies (link)
  • Tracheostomy and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond (link)
  • Moving forward with dysphagia care: Implementing strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond (link)
  • Virtual Dysphagia Evaluation: Practical Guidelines for Dysphagia Management in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic (link
  • Postintubation Dysphagia During COVID-19 Outbreak-Contemporary Review (link
  • Features of Mild-to-Moderate COVID-19 Patients with Dysphonia. Journal of Voice (2020) (link)
  • Coronavirus disease 2019 communication: Novel sign language system to aid surgical tracheostomy whilst wearing a a respirator. The Journal of Laryngology & Otology, 1-9 (2020) (link)
  • ENT manifestation in COVID-19 patients. Auris Nasus Larynx (2020) (link)
  • Considerations for the otolaryngologist in the era of COVID-19: a review of the literature. Current Opinion in Otolarygology & Head & Neck Surgery, 28(4), pp.228-234 (link)
  • Neurological associations of COVID-19. The Lancet Neurology (2020) (link)
  • The impact of COVID-19 on ischemic stroke. Diagnostic Pathology, 15(1) (link)
  • COVID-19 outcomes among people with intellectual and developmental disability living in residential group homes in New York State. Disability and Health Journal, p.100969 (link)


General Research and Informational Resources Related to COVID-19
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Information for Healthcare Professionals related to COVID-19 (link)
  • World health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 Resource Page (link )
  • NIH National Library of Medicine LitCovid - a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus (link)
  • JAMA Network offers frequently updated general coronavirus Q&A, clinical and patient information as well as an outbreak map (link)
  • WHO’s global research into COVID-19 page including updates on research activities and a registry of COVID-19 clinical trials (link)
  • The Lancet COVID-19 resource center including correspondence and latest research (link)
  • BMJ’s coronavirus hub gives guidance, research and latest updates (link)
  • Cochrane COVID-19 infection control and prevention measures research ( link)
  • New England Journal of Medicine’s COVID-19 resources (link)
  • WHO COVID-19 studies and global clinical trials database (link)
  • Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 World Map (link)
  • CDC Advice for colleges, universities and higher learning (link)


Social Media and Web-Based Resources Related to Dysphagia Management During COVID-19



  • ASHA SIG 13 Dysphagia Management Across the Continuum during COVID-19 Webinar (link)
  • ASHA Webinar on Dysphagia and Telepractice during COVID-19 and Beyond: (link)
  • ASHA Healthcare SLP Virtual Town Hall (link)
  • European Society for Swallowing Disorders webinars ( link)
  • Royal College of Speech Language Therapy COVID-19 webinars (link)
  • National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders: The Role of the SLP during COVID-19 (link)
  • ATOS MEDICAL how-to videos for head neck cancer patients (link)

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Mental Health Resources for Healthcare Workers during COVID-19

  • COVID-19 Behavioral Health Resource Page (link)
  • COVID-19 Resource Hub for Healthcare Professionals by PyschHub (link)
  • Managing Mental Health during COVID-19 ( link)
  • APA Coronavirus Resource Page (link)
  • NAMI COVID-19 Resource Guide (link)
  • MHA Resources on Mental Health And COVID-19 ( link)


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