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CORREA, Thiago Domingos et al. Intensive support recommendations for critically-ill patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection. Einstein (São Paulo) [online]. 2020, vol.18, eAE5793.  Epub June 03, 2020. ISSN 2317-6385.

In December 2019, a series of patients with severe pneumonia were identified in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, who progressed to severe acute respiratory syndrome and acute respiratory distress syndrome. Subsequently, COVID-19 was attributed to a new betacoronavirus, the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Approximately 20% of patients diagnosed as COVID-19 develop severe forms of the disease, including acute hypoxemic respiratory failure, severe acute respiratory syndrome, acute respiratory distress syndrome and acute renal failure and require intensive care. There is no randomized controlled clinical trial addressing potential therapies for patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection at the time of publishing these treatment recommendations. Therefore, these recommendations are based predominantly on the opinion of experts (level C of recommendation).

Keywords : Coronavirus; COVID-19; Respiratory insufficiency; Respiratory distress syndrome, adult; Intensive care units.

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