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a concise update on
CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019
(COVID-19) MANAGEMENT OPTIONS

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OVID-19 is caused by a respiratory
virus SARS-CoV-2 (2019-nCoV), which
emerged in late 2019 from live animal
markets in Wuhan China. The disease quickly
progressed from an epidemic to a worldwide
pandemic that is currently ongoing.
Available therapies for COVID-19 have
evolved since the beginning of the pandemic.
Hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin were
initially widely used; however, with evolving
research, it became evident that the risks
outweighed the benefits. A Journal of the
American Medical Association (JAMA) review
article published in August 2020 reported
that in more than 200 trials, there was no
clear benefit in hospitalized patients that
received hydroxychloroquine/chloroquine.
There are a few therapeutic agents currently being used in the management of patients
with severe COVID-19, however no Food
and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved
therapies are available at this time.
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BASHIRAT L. GIWA,
MD, MSPH

WellSpan Ephrata
Community Hospital

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