COVID-19 and Pulmonary Involvement

Authors

  • Narongkorn Saiphoklang Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Thammasat University, Pathum Thani 12120, Thailand
  • Nuttapol Rittayamai Division of Respiratory Disease and Tuberculosis, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok 10700, Thailand

Keywords:

Acute respiratory distress syndrome, COVID-19, Ground-glass opacity, Pneumonia

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic results in the largest global health crisis. Most patients are asymptomatic. Pneumonia usually develops in about one week after infection, with approximately 5% of patients needing ICU admission due to hypoxemia or acute respiratory failure. The common symptoms of patients with COVID-19 pneumonia are fever, cough, and sputum production. Typical radiographic features of pneumonia are bilateral lower lobe lesions with ground-glass opacities or consolidations. N95 respirator in combination with personal protective equipment are necessary to prevent COVID-19 from spreading among healthcare workers during aerosol-generating procedures. Hemodynamic and ventilation management of critically ill patients with COVID-19 should follow established guidelines. Remdesivir and dexamethasone are beneficial in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 pneumonia who require supplemental oxygen or mechanical ventilation. Favipiravir can reduce the duration of hospital stay and time for clinical treatment in
hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Evidence regarding the benefits of other medications remains conflicting.

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Published

2021-10-29

How to Cite

[1]
Saiphoklang, N. and Rittayamai , N. 2021. COVID-19 and Pulmonary Involvement. Asian Medical Journal and Alternative Medicine. 21, - (Oct. 2021), S81-S90.