Management of cases of COVID-19 infection with acute respiratory failure: a narrative review


  • Omar Rezk Alshaer Department of Internal Medicine, Security Forces Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Abdullah Obaid Binobaid Department of Internal Medicine, Security Forces Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Ruzan Mohammed Saleh Department of Internal Medicine, King Fahad General Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Abdelrahman Abdrabou Eldabbari Department of Internal Medicine, Dr. Sulaiman Al-Habib Al-Takhassussi Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Nasser Ibrahim Aldawsari College of Medicine, Vision Colleges, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Mubarak Mohammed Alasmari College of Medicine, AlMaarefa University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Abdulkarim Thumail Alshamry College of Medicine, AlMaarefa University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Aisha Nour Almutairi College of Medicine, AlMaarefa University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Musab Salem Alluqmani College of Medicine, Qassim University, Al Malida, Saudi Arabia
  • Rayan Saeed Alzahrani College of Medicine, Al-Maarefa University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Mohammed Mana Alqahtani Armed Forces Hospitals Southern Region, Khamis Mushait, Saudi Arabia



COVID-19, Acute respiratory distress syndrome, Corona pandemic, Oxygen therapy


Corona viruses are enveloped, positive-sense, single-stranded large RNA viruses that affect humans and many animals. About 5% of COVID-19 patients need ICU admission due to ARDS, with a case fatality rate varying from 30% to 60%. Some patients need help other than supplementary oxygen, such as non-invasive ventilation or intubation. Before deciding the appropriate respiratory support for acute respiratory failure patients, concerns regarding the dangers of various treatments should be considered. During the treatment of COVID-19 patients, all respiratory therapies face a risk of aerosol-generating procedures. When treating COVID-19 patients, the priority and consideration should be personal safety devices and environmental control/engineering.


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How to Cite

Alshaer, O. R., Binobaid, A. O., Saleh, R. M., Eldabbari, A. A., Aldawsari, N. I., Alasmari, M. M., Alshamry, A. T., Almutairi, A. N., Alluqmani, M. S., Alzahrani, R. S., & Alqahtani, M. M. (2021). Management of cases of COVID-19 infection with acute respiratory failure: a narrative review. International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health, 8(6), 3127–3132.



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