Dr. Lawrence Herman
After being identified in late 2019 as the cause of unique pneumonia cases in China, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) spread quickly, creating a worldwide pandemic. As of early 2022, estimates suggest that 57% of the world’s population has been infected at least once with the disease known COVID-19. As of April 2022, the World Health Organization reports 6.21 million worldwide deaths attributed to this disease, including almost 1 million inside the United States.
Despite the high number of fatalities, most COVID-19 patients experience mild-to-moderate symptoms and can be cared for in the outpatient setting. Physician assistants in the United States are expected to to recognize the presentation of COVID-19 in adults and to adequately treat both the virus and its symptoms to prevent serious disease, hospitalization, and death.
This article was written for the purpose of ultimately qualifying for continuing medical education credit, and to educate primary care and emergency medicine practitioners on current best practices in treating COVID-19.
Gray RL. Outpatient Management of COVID-19 in Adults. University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository. 2022; 4(3).
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