Managing the supportive care needs of those affected by COVID-19

Eur Respir J. 2020 Apr 23;55(4):2000815. doi: 10.1183/13993003.00815-2020. Print 2020 Apr.


Globally, the number of people affected by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is rapidly increasing. In most (>80%), the illness is relatively mild and can be self-managed out of hospital. However, in about 20% the illness causes respiratory compromise severe enough to require hospital admission [1]. Patients with severe and critical disease need full active treatment. This may include oxygen for hypoxaemia and ventilatory support, along with optimal management of complications, e.g. super-imposed bacterial infection, and any underlying co-morbidities, e.g. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure. To date, no antiviral agent has shown to be effective in treating the disease [2].

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • Caregivers
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology
  • Coronavirus Infections / therapy*
  • Coronavirus*
  • Delivery of Health Care / methods*
  • Humans
  • Palliative Care / methods*
  • Pandemics
  • Patient-Centered Care*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology
  • Pneumonia, Viral / therapy*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • SARS-CoV-2