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Vol 5, No 2 (2020)
Letter to the Editor
Published online: 2020-03-31
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Modern medicine in COVID-19 era

Jacek Smereka, Lukasz Szarpak, Krzysztof J. Filipiak
DOI: 10.5603/DEMJ.a2020.0012
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Disaster Emerg Med J 2020;5(2):103-105.

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Vol 5, No 2 (2020)
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Published online: 2020-03-31

Abstract

Coronaviral infections have been known for a long time; these viruses cause a number of diseases, not only in humans but also in animals. The current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic started in 2019 in China [1,2]. Discussions are ongoing about the timing of the first case, but there is no doubt that it was during the last quarter of 2019. The virus infection can be non-specific and asymptomatic, mildly symptomatic, and can cause severe pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) requiring mechanical ventilation, as well as septic shock and multiorgan failure.

Abstract

Coronaviral infections have been known for a long time; these viruses cause a number of diseases, not only in humans but also in animals. The current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic started in 2019 in China [1,2]. Discussions are ongoing about the timing of the first case, but there is no doubt that it was during the last quarter of 2019. The virus infection can be non-specific and asymptomatic, mildly symptomatic, and can cause severe pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) requiring mechanical ventilation, as well as septic shock and multiorgan failure.

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Keywords

COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; coronavirus; epidemiology; health system

About this article
Title

Modern medicine in COVID-19 era

Journal

Disaster and Emergency Medicine Journal

Issue

Vol 5, No 2 (2020)

Article type

Letter to the Editor

Pages

103-105

Published online

2020-03-31

DOI

10.5603/DEMJ.a2020.0012

Bibliographic record

Disaster Emerg Med J 2020;5(2):103-105.

Keywords

COVID-19
SARS-CoV-2
coronavirus
epidemiology
health system

Authors

Jacek Smereka
Lukasz Szarpak
Krzysztof J. Filipiak

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