These are unprecedented times for laboratorians. The COVID-19 pandemic has touched us all—especially those on the frontlines. These professionals have given above and beyond as they collect specimens and perform COVID-19 test evaluations and validations and testing. Many have done this at risk to themselves and their families because of limited PPE. ASCLS acknowledges the effort of laboratory professionals and their commitment to patients and the public.
The articles published in this issue of ASCLS Today were all submitted before social distancing and shelter-in-place measures were put in place. However, the theme for this issue—visibility—couldn't be more timely. We are visible. Many ASCLS members have written letters to their local newspapers to provide insight into the actual COVID-19 testing performed in clinical laboratories (vs. “mobile testing centers”). They have also educated the public on the essential role we play as part of the healthcare team. Know that the ASCLS staff and Board of Directors also advocate for us through communication to our elected leaders and the public. Thank you for your efforts. Be well and stay safe.
Cheryl Caskey, MLS(ASCP)CM, SBB(ASCP)CM, ASCLS Today Editor