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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 1-64

Comprehensive Overview and Evidence Based Clinical Approach to Covid-19 - An Official Consensus Statement Endorsed By Association of Pulmonologist of Tamilnadu

1 Department of Respiratory Medicine, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
2 Department of Respiratory Medicine, Sri Ramachandra Medical College, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
3 Institute of Thoracic Medicine, Madras Medical College, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
4 Department of Respiratory Medicine, Stanley Medical College, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
5 Department of Respiratory Medicine, PSG-IMSR, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India
6 Department of Respiratory Medicine, Kilpauk Medical College, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
7 Department of Respiratory Medicine, Thanjavur Medical College, Thanjavur, Tamilnadu, India
8 Vijaya Hospital, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
9 Department of Respiratory Medicine, Sree Balaji Medical College and hospital, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
10 MIOT international institute of allied sciences, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
11 Soorya Hospital, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
12 ABC hospital, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
13 ICMR -National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
14 Department of Respiratory Medicine, Velammal Medical College and Research Institute, Madurai, Tamilnadu, India
15 Department of Respiratory Medicine, Sri Muthukumaran Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
16 Department of Respiratory Medicine, Tirunelveli Medical College, Tirunelveli, Tamilnadu, India
17 Department of Respiratory Medicine, Chettinad Hospital and Research Institute, Kelambakkam, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
18 Shri Hospitals, Salem, Tamilnadu, India

Correspondence Address:
R Narasimhan
Senior Consultant Department of Respiratory Medicine
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/WKMP-0215.309207

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Background: The COVID-19 pandemic is the defining global health crisis of our time and the greatest challenge we have faced since World War Two. Since its emergence in China from December 2019, the virus has spread to every continent affecting more than 200 countries. The scientists and clinicians are in the continuous striving for determining the optimal standard of care. As Pulmonologists being active and prime specialists involved in diagnosis and management of COVID-19, it is imperative that we follow current evidence based clinical practice in the approach. Methods: A working group consisting of 26 senior respiratory physicians who are actively involved in management of COVID-19 was formed. A systematic search of the all major recent international / national guidelines for management of COVID-19, research articles and peer reviewed journals from December 2019 to July 2020 using key words “Novel Corona virus”, “SARS-CoV-2” and “COVID-19” was done. The consensus document was formed after thorough review of the evidence statement by the working group. Conclusion: This document provides the guidelines made by consensus of opinions among experts following discussion of systematic review of literature search pertaining to COVID-19. It is hoped that this document will help the clinician understand the accumulated evidence and help better diagnosis and management of COVID-19.

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