Background: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus-2. Consensus suggestions can standardise care, thereby improving outcomes and facilitating future research.

Methods: An International Task Force was composed and agreement regarding courses of action was measured using the Convergence of Opinion on Recommendations and Evidence (CORE) process. 70% agreement was necessary to make a consensus suggestion.

Results: The Task Force made consensus suggestions to treat patients with acute COVID-19 pneumonia with remdesivir and dexamethasone but suggested against hydroxychloroquine except in the context of a clinical trial; these are revisions of prior suggestions resulting from the interim publication of several randomised trials. It also suggested that COVID-19 patients with a venous thromboembolic event be treated with therapeutic anticoagulant therapy for 3 months. The Task Force was unable to reach sufficient agreement to yield consensus suggestions for the post-hospital care of COVID-19 survivors. The Task Force fell one vote shy of suggesting routine screening for depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Conclusions: The Task Force addressed questions related to pharmacotherapy in patients with COVID-19 and the post-hospital care of survivors, yielding several consensus suggestions. Management options for which there is insufficient agreement to formulate a suggestion represent research priorities.


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Bai, C., Chotirmall, S., Rello, J., Alba, G., Ginns, L., Krishnan, J., Rogers, R., Bendstrup, E., Burgel, P., Chalmers, J., Chua, A., Crothers, K., Duggal, A., Kim, Y., Laffey, J., Luna, C., Niederman, M., Raghu, G., Ramirez, J., Riera, J., Roca, O., Tamae-Kakazu, M., Torres, A., Watkins, R., Barrecheguren, M., Belliato, M., Chami, H., Chen, R., Cortes-Puentes, G., Delacruz, C., Hayes, M., Heunks, L., Holets, S., Hough, C., Jagpal, S., Jeon, K., Johkoh, T., Lee, M., Liebler, J., McElvaney, G., Moskowitz, A., Oeckler, R., Ojanguren, I., O'Regan, A., Pletz, M., Rhee, C., Schultz, M., Storti, E., Strange, C., Thomson, C., Torriani, F., Wang, X., Wuyts, W., Xu, T., Yang, D., Zhang, Z. & Wilson, K. 2020, 'Updated guidance on the management of COVID-19: from an American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society coordinated International Task Force (29 July 2020)', European Respiratory Review, 29(157), article no: 200287. https://doi.org/10.1183/16000617.0287-2020

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