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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Infectious Diseases

Advisor

Dr. Nancy Reid

Abstract

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by the novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), has caused global devastation since being initially reported in the Hubei Province of Wuhan, China in December 2019. Early determination of disease severity may help guide management and improve patient outcomes. However, risk stratification and early prognosis still remains challenging. Laboratory markers such as C-reactive protein (CRP), interleukin-6 (IL-6), and D-dimer have been proposed as useful serological indicators to assess prognosis and outcomes in COVID-19 patients. Nevertheless, further research is still needed to establish a strong correlation between these laboratory markers and the clinical progression of COVID-19.

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