Special episode: COVID-19 brief

A fast-tracked update: what we know about the active pandemic of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and its resulting respiratory syndrome, COVID-19.

Takeaway lessons

  • Treat like viral pneumonia/ARDS. High PEEP. Prone early. Keep fluid balance dry.
  • Probably avoid CPAP/BiPAP except perhaps for very short trials. Unclear role for HFNC.
  • Watch out for myocarditis-type picture with cardiogenic shock and arrhythmias.
  • Take isolation extremely seriously.
  • Think about innovative ways to optimize patient flow.
  • Take care of yourself and each other, and try to stay sane.



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