Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science


Emergency Medicine


Dr. Mary Walton


In late 2019, SARS-CoV-2, the respiratory virus that caused the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19), took the world by storm. The initial prominent symptoms of COVID-19 were respiratory by nature, causing widespread complications due to acute respiratory distress syndrome. In the months and years since the COVID-19 outbreak, similarity appears between the processes of COVID-19 respiratory symptoms and symptoms caused by exacerbations of reactive airway disease. Many treatment modalities have been utilized for COVID-19 related respiratory symptoms, with short-acting beta agonist use providing symptom relief in inpatient populations; however, these treatments have been slow to gain traction in outpatient management. Here the pathology of the COVID-19 virus is discussed with a recommendation for utilizing short-acting beta agonist medications to treat mild-moderate COVID-19 symptoms in the outpatient setting.


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