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Features, Evaluation, and Treatment of Coronavirus

  Features, Evaluation, and Treatment of Coronavirus

Credits: 1.25   Post-Assessment Questions:  9

Release Date: 5 Oct 2020
Expiration Date: 4 Oct 2021
Last Reviewed: 4 Oct 2020
Estimated Time To Finish: 75 Minutes

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Activity Description

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), viral diseases continue to emerge and represent a serious issue to public health. In the last twenty years, several viral epidemics such as the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) in 2002-2003, and H1N1 influenza in 2009, have been recorded. Most recently, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012. An epidemic of cases with unexplained low respiratory infections was first detected in Wuhan, the largest metropolitan area in China's Hubei province, was first reported to the WHO Country Office in China, on 31 December 2019. Published literature can trace the beginning of symptomatic individuals back to the beginning of December 2019. As they were unable to identify the causative agent, these first cases were classified as "pneumonia of unknown etiology." The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local CDCs organized an intense outbreak investigation program. The etiology of this illness is now attributed to a novel virus belonging to the coronavirus (CoV) family, COVID-19. This activity describes the evaluation and treatment of COVID-19 and the role of the interprofessional team in managing patients with this condition.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Identify the etiology of coronavirus in patients.
  • Describe the findings expected in patients with coronavirus.
  • Summarize treatment options available for coronavirus.

Author(s) / Contributors Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

The Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) requires instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they or their immediate family may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by CUSOM for resolution, to ensure fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.

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Authors: Marco Cascella, Michael Rajnik, Arturo Cuomo, Scott Dulebohn
Editors: Raffaela Di Napoli
Editors-In-Chief: Cynthia OsterWanda Wright
Chief Medical Reviewer: Michael Rajnik
Nurse Planner/Reviewer/Editor: Lisa Haddad
Pharmacy Planner/Reviewer/Editor: Mark Pellegrini
Physician Planner/Reviewer/Editor: Scott Dulebohn

Continuing Education Accreditation Information

The Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. CUSOM designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AOA Category 1 B Credits and will report CME credits commensurate with the extent of the physician's participation in the activity.


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Instructions for Credit

  1. Register for the activity and create a StatPearls login.     
  2. Review the required accreditation information:  Target audience, learning objectives and disclosure information.
  3. Complete the entire self-study activity.
  4. Complete the post-test assessments.
  5. Successfully pass the post-test with a minimum score of 100%.
  6. Complete the evaluation form.
  7. Obtain a certificate.

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The information provided at this CME/CE activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical/clinical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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  • Name: 'Covid Replication.png' Attribution: Contributed by Rohan Bir Singh, MD
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