A coronavirus is one of many viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds. In humans, coronaviruses cause respiratory tract infections that are typically mild, such as the common cold, though rarer forms such as SARS, MERS and COVID-19 can be lethal.
A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
At the end of 2019, a novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was found to be responsible for a cluster of atypical cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, China. Since then, the virus has spread both inside and outside China, and the WHO has declared this a public health emergency.
With the outbreak now present in Europe, and likely to affect many more areas over the coming months, we at ESICM have decided to help ICU professionals around the world by providing information that may make a vital contribution in the battle to contain the infection, treat the patients and to protect the frontline workers.
Learning from experience can save lives and, for this purpose, we are using this webpage to share key online resources, including manuscripts and summaries of papers published in the ICM journal and other important medical journals, podcast interviews with experts and colleagues who will discuss management strategies in place for preparedness and their own experiences on the ground.
ESICM will continue to provide the most up to date and crucial information in order to play its part and to face this global challenge.
FREE EDUCATIONAL CONTENT – ESICM ACADEMY
First-hand experience of the situation in China
Wednesday 26 February
This recording gives first-hand experience and insight into the cases of the Coronavirus in Mainland China and how Northern Italy is responding to the situation it now faces.
Managing critically ill patients with the virus
Monday 9 March from 16.00-17.00 hrs CET
For this webinar, Prof. Yaseen ARABI and Dr. Lennie DERDE, two experts in respiratory syndrome, infectious threats and the treatment of severe infections presented the latest information on COVID-19.
National Coordination & Experience in Italy
Thursday 19 March from 16.00-17.00 hrs CET
For this third webinar, Prof. Antonio PESENTI and Prof. Massimo ANTONELLI, two experienced scientists, will present latest data and discuss the national strategy in Italy for dealing with COVID-19.
Articles published online on Intensive Care Medicine website (Springer) – free online
How to face the novel coronavirus infection during the 2019–2020 epidemic: the experience of Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital.
Lingai Pan, Li Wang, Xiaobo Huang in Intensive Care Medicine (2020).
What’s New in Intensive Care
Novel coronavirus infection during the 2019–2020 epidemic: preparing intensive care units—the experience in Sichuan Province, China.
Xuelian Liao, Bo Wang, Yan Kang in Intensive Care Medicine (2020)
Challenges and countermeasures for organ donation during the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic: the experience of Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospital.
Lingai Pan, Jie Zeng & Hongji Yang. in Intensive Care Med (2020).
Clinical predictors of mortality due to COVID-19 based on an analysis of data of 150 patients from Wuhan, China.
Qiurong Ruan, Kun Yang, Wenxia Wang, Lingyu Jiang & Jianxin Song in Intensive Care Med (2020).
The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) infections in China: prevention, control and challenges.
Sheng Zhang, Meng Yuan Diao, Liwei Duan, Zhaofen Lin & Dechang Chen in Intensive Care Medicine (2020)
What’s New in Intensive Care
Critical care crisis and some recommendations during the COVID-19 epidemic in China.
Jianfeng Xie, Zhaohui Tong, Xiangdong Guan, Bin Du, Haibo Qiu & Arthur S. Slutsky in Intensive Care Med (2020).
Clinical Features and Short-term Outcomes of 18 Patients with Corona Virus Disease 2019 in Intensive Care Unit
Jianlei Cao, Xiaoyong Hu, Wenlin Cheng, Lei Yu, Wen-Jun Tu & Qiang Liu in Intensive Care Med (2020).
Understanding the Disease
Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) as a SARS-CoV-2 receptor: molecular mechanisms and potential therapeutic target
Haibo Zhang, Josef M. Penninger, Yimin Li, Nanshan Zhong & Arthur S. Slutsky in Intensive Care Med (2020).
Identification of a potential mechanism of acute kidney injury during the COVID-19 outbreak: a study based on single-cell transcriptome analysis
Xiu-wu Pan, Da Xu, Hao Zhang, Wang Zhou, Lin-hui Wang & Xin-gang Cui in Intensive Care Med (2020).
Surviving Sepsis Campaign: guidelines on the management of critically ill adults with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Waleed Alhazzani, Morten Hylander Møller, […]Andrew Rhodes in Intensive Care Med (2020).