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How do doctors treat COVID-19 in the hospital?

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Doctors will check you for more serious problems. They might:

  • Check the levels of oxygen in your blood with a clip-on finger monitor
  • Listen to your lungs
  • Give you a chest X-ray or CT scan

You may get oxygen to breathe through two small tubes that go just inside your nostrils. In very serious cases, doctors will connect you to a machine that can breathe for you, called a ventilator.  

You may also get fluids through an IV to keep you from getting dehydrated. Doctors will also closely monitor your breathing.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).”

Richard Lassiter, MD, department of emergency medicine, Emory University Hospital.

Medscape: "Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Treatment and Management,” “So You Have a COVID-19 Patient; How Do You Treat Them?”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on August 11, 2020

SOURCES:

CDC: “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).”

Richard Lassiter, MD, department of emergency medicine, Emory University Hospital.

Medscape: "Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Treatment and Management,” “So You Have a COVID-19 Patient; How Do You Treat Them?”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on August 11, 2020

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