An Introduction to COVID-19
On March 11th 2020 the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. The impact on the medical community has been huge, not only on the front-line but also those navigating patient treatment during this unprecedented situation.
The touchRESPIRATORY expert faculty have been sharing their experiences and advice during this challenging time through video interviews and short articles.
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Iwein Gyselinck, ERS 2021: DAWn-AZITHRO – Azithromycin for Patients with COVID-19
TouchRESPIRATORY got the opportunity to catch up with Dr Iwein Gyselinck around the DAWn-AZITHRO trial of azithromycin antiviral therapy for patients with COVID-19. The abstract ‘Direct antivirals working against the novel coronavirus: azithromycin (DAWn-AZITHRO), a randomized, multicenter, open-label, adaptive, proof of concept clinical trial.’ (Presentation ID 2666) was presented at ERS International Congress 2021, 5-8 […]
Sleep Disorders in Neuromuscular Diseases: Adaption in Care Provision During the COVID-19 Pandemic
touchREVIEWS in Respiratory & Pulmonary Medicine. 2021;6(1):5–7
Sleep disturbances are exceedingly common and potentially morbid in patients with neuromuscular diseases (NMD).1 A constellation of physiologic changes occur in patients with NMDs which, in concert with normal physiologic changes during sleep, lead to decreased nocturnal ventilation that often precedes daytime hypoventilation. The standard manner in which we diagnose and treat sleep disorders in this […]
Sara Tomassetti, ATS 2021: Post-COVID-19 Interstitial Lung Syndrome
We were delighted to catch up with Dr Sara Tomassetti (Careggi University Hospital, Florence, Italy) around interstitial lung changes following SARS-CoV-2 infection. The abstract ‘A Multidisciplinary Multicenter Study Evaluating Risk Factors, Prevalence and Characteristics of Post-COVID-19 Interstitial Lung Syndrome PCOILS.‘ (ABSTRACT NUMBER: A1748) was presented at ATS 2021 International Conference, 14-19 May, 2021. Questions What […]
Considering the Impact of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus—Biological Mechanisms in COVID-19 Pathology
US Respiratory and Pulmonary Diseases. 2020;5(1):24-7 DOI: https://doi.org/10.17925/USPRD.2020.5.1.24
The COVID-19 pandemic has infected more than 61 million people and led to more than 1 million deaths worldwide.1 The USA was one of the later countries to experience large scale community transmission; to date, there have been 13.2 million cases and approaching 300,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19.1 The USA has the highest overall deaths globally.1,2 The COVID-19 […]
Impact of Smoking and Tobacco use on the Severity of COVID-19 Infection
US Respiratory and Pulmonary Diseases. 2020;5(1):12-4 DOI: https://doi.org/10.17925/USPRD.2020.5.1.12
Smoking is a significant risk factor for severe COVID-19. A substantial amount of evidence supports the fact that tobacco use and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are among the strongest risk factors that lead to severe disease and high mortality due to COVID-19 illness. In a recent publication, Zhao et al. carried out a meta-analysis […]
COVID-19 Pandemic—Allergen-specific Immunotherapy Positioning in Respiratory Allergy
US Respiratory & Pulmonary Diseases. 2020;5(1):10-1 DOI: https://doi.org/10.17925/USPRD.2020.5.1.10
Globally, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), has infected in excess of 55 million people and is associated with over 1.3 million deaths to date (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control data).1 COVID-19 is placing significant strain on all aspects of routine healthcare and has raised […]
Julie Ake, CHEST 2020 – Vaccine Candidates for COVID-19
Following her presentation at CHEST 2020, entitled ‘Current Vaccine Candidates for COVID-19: Preclinical and Clinical Data’, Julie Ake (Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Spring, MD, USA) talks to touchRESPIRATORY further about vaccines in development for COVID-19. Questions What different vaccine platforms are currently being investigated for COVID-19? (0.12) How are clinical trials being harmonised and accelerated for rapid vaccine development? […]
Ivan Gentile, ERS 2020 – Outcome Prediction in COVID-19 Patients
Following the ERS International Congress, we were delighted to catch up with Prof. Ivan Gentile to further discuss the topic of his presentation entitled ‘Severity Assessment and Outcome Prediction in COVID-19 Patients‘. Questions 1. Why do levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) increase during COVID-19? (0:20) 2. How can CRP testing inform severity assessment and outcome […]
Sara De Matteis, ERS 2020 – Air Pollution and COVID-19 Mortality
We discuss with Prof. Sara De Matteis (University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy) what we know so far about the potential association between air pollution exposure and SARS-CoV-2 infection. Questions 1. Could you give us a brief overview of the potential association between air pollution exposure and SARS-CoV-2 infection? (0:34) 2. What is the biological plausibility […]
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