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 Smereka12, Lukasz Szarpak23, Krzysztof J. Filipiak4
Disaster Emerg Med J 2020;5(2):103-105.


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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