Published time: 24 April 2020
Authors: Rajesh T. Gandhi, M.D., John B. Lynch, M.D., M.P.H., and Carlos del Rio, M.D.
Keywords: Covid-19, infectious diseases, coronavirus, mild, moderate.
A 73-year-old man with hypertension and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease calls to report that he has had a fever (maximal temperature, 38.3°C) and a dry cough for the past 2 days. He notes that his shortness of breath has worsened. His medications include losartan and inhaled glucocorticoids. He lives alone. How should he be evaluated? If he has coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), then how should he be treated?
Mild or Moderate Covid-19