COVID-19 phenotypes: associated pneumonia and ARDS

This information is mostly anecdotal, we know very little about COVID-19 and this is based on very low quality evidence. We need more studies to confirm or deny what is currently being discussed. The following illustrations summarize the proposed phenotypes of hypoxemic patients with COVID-19. Extraordinarily, these patients exhibit at first an almost exclusive hypoxemic…

Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

The following illustration presents a very quick review of VZV infection causing Herpes Zoster, also known as “shingles”. Quick reminder about pain management: Do not forget that the most effective strategy to prevent pain complications is early treatment of infection with antiviral drugs. If pain is already established, the recommendation is treating the acute phase…

Novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV associated pneumonia

A new strain of Betacoronavirus, similar to the one from bats causing an ourbreak of SARS in 2003, has been identified in Wuhan, Hubei – China. The following illustration is a summary of data from a very small study made of 41 patients only, initially infected with the new Coronavirus in Wuhan. This data was…