Publication Date: 2020-04-08
The ongoing pandemic of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is severely challenging healthcare systems all around the world, with the need to provide intensive care to a previously inconceivable number of patients.
The clinical spectrum of the disease is very wide, ranging from minor, unspecific symptoms, such as fever, dry cough and diarrhoea, sometimes combined with mild pneumonia and mild dyspnoea, to severe pneumonia with dyspnoea, tachypnoea and disturbed gas exchange, leading in approximately 5% of infected patients to severe lung dysfunction, a need for ventilation, shock or multiple (extra pulmonary) organ failure1. [ … ]
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