Covid-19 Does Not Lead to a “Typical” Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

In northern Italy an overwhelming number of patients with Covid-19 pneumonia and acute respiratory
failure have been admitted to our Intensive Care Units. Attention is primarily focused on increasing
the number of beds, ventilators and intensivists brought to bear on the problem, while the clinical
approach to these patients is the one typically applied to severe ARDS, namely high Positive End
Expiratory Pressure (PEEP) and prone positioning.

Covid-19 Does Not Lead to a “Typical” Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
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