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In the midst of rising COVID-19 case rates globally, Derek Angus, MD, MPH, and Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, return to JAMA’s Q&A series to update viewers on developments in the pandemic and the critical care management of COVID-19 patients. Dr. Angus is Chief Health Care Innovation Officer at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, professor and chair of Critical Care Medicine, and a senior JAMA editor. Dr Walensky is Chief of Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital and a professor at Harvard Medical School. This program was recorded November 19, 2020.

Drs. Angus and Rochelle spoke with Howard Bauchner, MD, JAMA Editor-in-Chief, about

  • Current standard of care for critically ill patients with respiratory failure
  • Current therapies, i.e., steroids, Remdesivir, Toci, monoclonal antibodies, cyclosporine, interferon beta
  • Current extraordinary number of COVID cases, strained hospital systems/resources including the workforce
  • Potential vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna

Watch a video of this discussion here

Listen to an audio recording of this discussion here

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