Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health
Brief Summary of Potential SARS-CoV-2 Prophylactic and Treatment Drugs in the Emergency Department
- Author(s): Brown, Cortlyn
- Noble, Jeanne
- Coralic, Zlatan
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.5811/westjem.2020.3.47328
As of March 30th, 2020 there were 161,807 total cases and 2,953 total deaths of SARS-CoV-2 in the United States, with the number of cases expected to rise. Other than supportive care, there are no SARS-CoV-2 specific treatments available for patients discharged from the emergency department (ED) or those admitted to the hospital. In addition, there are no vaccines available to protect our at-risk healthcare workers. The National Institutes of Health is conducting a Phase 1 clinical trial to evaluate for a potential vaccine and the recipients have started to receive the investigational vaccine.2 We present a brief overview of the potential prophylactic and treatment agents under investigation, some which could be initiated in the ED if proven effective.