COVID-19 chapter update


The chapter discussing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) from the McMaster Textbook of Internal Medicine has just been updated to address major changes in the pattern of practice based on the results of recent trials.

COVID-19 chapters in the McMaster Textbook of Internal Medicine

  • Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): click here
  • Vaccines: SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19): click here
  • COVID-19: Computed Tomography (CT): click here
  • COVID-19: Point-of-Care Ultrasonography (POCUS): click here

The chapter, developed by a team of experts in infectious diseases and critical care, presents an overview of etiology, clinical features, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention methods. Updates focus on new potential treatment options, among other things.

The contents of the chapter are regularly reviewed and updated, taking into account new findings, trial results, and other emerging evidence. The strength of recommendations and quality of evidence is evaluated using the GRADE (Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation) methodology.

The text is accompanied by chapters discussing currently available vaccines and exploring the use of imaging studies in patients with COVID-19.

See also
  • COVID-19 resource hub Resources helpful in addressing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic.
  • Anti-PF4 antibodies: VITT, HIT, and other disorders The key McMaster researchers join a discussion on anti–PF4 antibody–related disorders duing the Chair's Medical Grand Rounds.
  • What's new with COVID-19? Dr Zain Chagla and Dr Dominik Mertz from McMaster University present the most current data on COVID-19 during the Chair's Medical Grand Rounds, Town Hall.
  • To anticoagulate or not to anticoagulate? Part 1 Dr Ryan Zarychanski from University of Manitoba, Canada, joins Dr Roman Jaeschke to discuss the latest trial results regarding anticoagulation in critically ill patients with COVID-19.
  • Publications of the Week, August 19 A digest of noteworthy publications curated by editors from McMaster University. This week’s focus: anticoagulation in critically and noncritically ill patients with COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 vs thrombosis: Who should receive anticoagulation? Dr Roman Jaeschke, an intensivist, and Dr James Douketis, an expert in thrombosis, discuss the paradigm-changing results of the latest clinical trials on therapeutic anticoagulation in patients with COVID-19.
  • The 3 most important recent advances in treating respiratory failure Dr Bram Rochwerg from McMaster University shares his views on the 3 most important recent advances in treating respiratory failure.
  • Human-important outcomes and EBM during the COVID-19 pandemic The pandemic brought with it an entire new realm of human suffering that is only indirectly related to disease itself—it relates to the societies’ ways of dealing with the illness. We propose that when making decisions about health-care interventions during this and during future pandemics, those “human-important outcomes” are carefully considered.
  • Rapid Refresher: Introduction and dressing for COVID-19 Internal Medicine Rapid Refreshers is a new video series from the faculty and residents of McMaster University for subspecialists who due to COVID-19 may find themselves faced with general internal medicine challenges. Bringing you up to speed in just a few minutes, the videos provide practical concise overviews of the key points that you need to keep in mind.

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