The rising number of Covid-19 cases, in the second phase, is worrying due to the progressive increase in deaths and the growing pressure on the hospital network. The current trend of the pandemic requires the activation of all the healthcare sector players. The importance of detecting SARS-CoV-2 early and treating it correctly is very clear and, being the first line of care for citizens, community medicine plays a vital role. As far as community medicine is concerned, there is little evidence of what can be done to improve the outcome of the disease in its different phases, while there is a better understanding of what should not be done.
The medical association has recently produced a handbook for the treatment of non-hospitalised SARS-CoV-2 patients, which has been approved both at the regional level and by the National Technical and Scientific Committee. The aim of these guidelines is to standardise the level of community treatment and care when it comes to drug administration, oxygen therapy and homecare services, highlighting the appropriate timings for the different phases of the disease and the risk thresholds that instead determine the need for hospitalisation.
However, the approved guidelines for the home treatment of suspected and confirmed Covid patients and the commitment and efforts of the already scarce number of doctors on the front line may not be enough to manage high number of the Covid patients who are at home.
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