Treatment options for COVID-19: scoping review of clinical studies (search done on 20 April 2020)

Added August 17, 2020

Citation: Shaikh K, Shrestha C, Dutta D. Treatment options in people with COVID19: Selecting the best armamentarium against the novel virus. JPMA: The Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association. 2020 May 1;70(5):S69-73.

What is this? Many options have been suggested as possible treatments for COVID-19.

In this rapid scoping review, the authors searched for clinical studies evaluating treatments for patients with COVID-19. They did not restrict their search by language of publication. They did the search for articles published up to March 2020 on 20 April 2020. They identified reports for nearly 300 clinical studies and noted the existence of more than 350 ongoing randomized trials.

What was found: At the time of this review, the included studies did not provide evidence that was good enough to recommend any specific treatment regimen for COVID-19 patients.

 

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