Novel 2019 Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19): An Overview for Emergency Clinicians

Pediatr Emerg Med Pract. 2020 May 2;17(5):1-24. Print 2020 May.


The novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, and its infection, COVID-19, has quickly become a worldwide threat to health, travel, and commerce. It is essential for emergency clinicians to learn as much as possible about this pandemic to manage the unprecedented burdens on healthcare providers and hospital systems. This review analyzes information from worldwide research and experience on the epidemiology, prevention, and treatment of COVID-19, and offers links to the most reliable and trustworthy resources to help equip healthcare professionals in managing this public health challenge. As the pandemic sweeps the United States, lessons learned from early centers of infection, notably New York and Northern Italy, can help localities to prepare.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus
  • Civil Defense*
  • Coronavirus Infections* / epidemiology
  • Coronavirus Infections* / prevention & control
  • Coronavirus Infections* / therapy
  • Emergency Service, Hospital*
  • Health Resources*
  • Humans
  • Italy
  • New York
  • Pandemics* / prevention & control
  • Pneumonia, Viral* / epidemiology
  • Pneumonia, Viral* / prevention & control
  • Pneumonia, Viral* / therapy
  • Public Health

Supplementary concepts

  • COVID-19
  • severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2