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Vol. 155. Issue 6.
Pages 272 (September 2020)
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Vol. 155. Issue 6.
Pages 272 (September 2020)
Letter to the Editor
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One world, one health: The novel coronavirus COVID-19 epidemic
Un mundo, una salud: la epidemia por el nuevo coronavirus COVID-19
José Luis Callejas Rubio
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, Raquel Ríos Fernández, Norberto Ortego Centeno
Unidad de Enfermedades Sistémicas, Servicio de Medicina Interna, Hospital San Cecilio, Granada, Spain
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Med Clin. 2020;154:175-710.1016/j.medcle.2020.02.001
Antoni Trilla
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To the Editor:

We have read the magnificent editorial by Trilla A. recently published in your journal on the coronavirus COVID-19 epidemic.1 We understand that the author's intention, as a specialist in preventive medicine and epidemiology, has not been to review the different clinical aspects of SARS-CoV-2 infection, regarding which we are sure that there will be plenty of time to write extensively about it in the coming months in this prestigious publication, as well as about the different treatments used. But what can be inferred from its reading, especially by readers who are not involved in the diagnosis, clinical monitoring and treatment of this disease, is that it is a purely an infectious disease, which basically produces a viral condition that can be complicated by a more or less severe pneumonia with respiratory distress, and whose treatment is based on the use of antiviral drugs. Nothing could be further from the truth. From a clinical point of view, the clinical manifestations can be truly diverse, and could practically involve any system or organ of our anatomy.2–4 From a therapeutic point of view, and with the idea of preventing another very serious complication of this infection, such as a cytokine storm syndrome, besides the use of antivirals, the use of immunomodulatory and immunosuppressive drugs is essential.5

Therefore, SARS-CoV-2 infection represents, in our opinion, the paradigm of a systemic disease, with an infectious trigger, in this case, the virus, and an immune response with systemic manifestations, which requires the use of an immunosuppressant treatment.

A. Trilla.
One world, one health: the novel coronavirus COVID-19 epidemic.
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Please cite this article as: Callejas Rubio JL, Ríos Fernández R, Ortego Centeno N. Un mundo, una salud: la epidemia por el nuevo coronavirus COVID-19. Med Clin (Barc). 2020;155:272.

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