The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has affected the US health care system in unprecedented ways. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recognizes the importance of providing the best medical care while reducing the risk to transport team members and minimizing the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) where possible. A balance of infection control with transport safety must be met to reduce risks for medical staff and patients.

Below are a few frequently asked questions on this topic and suggestions from the AAP. The guidance is intended for use in both ground and air patient movements and is subject to local hospital and regional processes, policies, and practices.

Please note: The COVID-19 vaccination status of families/caregivers does not change any of the recommendations outlined below.

Interim Guidance Disclaimer:
 The COVID-19 clinical interim guidance provided here has been updated based on current evidence and information available at the time of publishing. Guidance will be regularly reviewed with regards to the evolving nature of the pandemic and emerging evidence. All interim guidance will be presumed to expire on June 30, 2022 unless otherwise specified.

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