COVID-19 Fact of the Day Collection, Volume 1


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The novel human coronavirus disease COVID-19 has become the fifth documented pandemic since the 1918 flu pandemic. Because the virus is highly contagious, it rapidly spreads and continuously evolves in the human population. These factors are critical for studies of pathogenicity, antiviral designs, and vaccine development against the virus.

To know how to effectively manage pandemics, it can be essential to look at past efforts to treat and manage outbreaks. Looking forward, clinicians may not have the necessary knowledge of the underlying physiology, pathophysiology, and treatment of COVID-19 to keep up with the rapidly changing knowledge base of this disease.

Authored by Christopher A. Haines MD, assistant professor in the Jefferson Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, COVID Facts of the Day is a series of essays providing understanding of the physiology, pathophysiology, and treatment of COVID-19 disease.

Target Audience

This enduring material is designed for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners and other health professionals. 

Learning Objectives

After completing this enduring activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Use the physiology and pathophysiology knowledge of COVID-19 disease in clinical practice.
  • Apply synthesized knowledge of treatment modalities for COVID-19 disease to clinical practice.
  • Apply knowledge of physiology and pathophysiology of COVID-19 disease to treatment procedures and societal policies.
Additional information
Jefferson Content Development By: 
Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC)
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (TJUH)
Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience (JHN)
Content Areas: 
Emergency Medicine
Family Medicine
Hospital Medicine
Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Course Format: 
Online Activity
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 3.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 


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All faculty/presenters/authors at Thomas Jefferson University sponsored events are required to disclose whether or not their content contains information of commercial products/devices that are unlabeled for use or investigational uses of products not yet approved.  Product(s) is/are not included in the labeling approved by the US FDA for the treatment of disease(s). 

Such disclosures will be available prior to the start of the activity. ​Jefferson Conflict of Interest resolution process may result in changes to the program agenda.

Planning Committee: John Liantonio, MD and Marshal Miller, MD have no conflict of interest to declare.
Author: Christopher A. Haines MD has no conflict of interest to declare.

This activity does contain information of commercial products/devices that are unlabeled for use or investigational uses of products not yet approved.

About the Author

Christopher A. Haines MD is an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics. He is board-certified in family medicine and has a certificate of added qualifications in geriatric medicine. Dr. Haines graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 1999, completed a residency in family medicine in 2002, and completed a fellowship in geriatric medicine in 2003. Dr. Haines served as chief resident during his final year of residency.

Dr. Haines primarily practices hospital medicine at the present time and is the director of the Department of Family and Community Medicine’s inpatient service. He is a member of the Clinical Performance Improvement Committee and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital's Hospital Medicine Council. As part of his responsibilities in the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Dr. Haines teaches a portion of the curriculum for first year medical students, including sections on endocrine physiology. In addition, Dr. Haines teaches endocrine physiology, pulmonary physiology, renal physiology, and acid-base physiology in Jefferson’s Physician’s Assistant program.

Peer Review Statement

In order to help ensure content objectivity, independence, and fair balance, and to ensure that the content is aligned with the interest of the public, Jefferson Office of Continuing Professional Development has resolved all potential and real conflicts of interest through content review by a non‐conflicted, qualified reviewer. This activity was peer‐reviewed for relevance, accuracy of content and balance of presentation by Peer Reviewer(s).

Content Reviewers: John Liantonio, MD and Marshal Miller, MD have no conflict of interest to declare.

Content Disclaimer

The views expressed in this activity are those of the faculty. It should not be inferred or assumed that they are expressing the views of any manufacturer of pharmaceuticals or devices, or Thomas Jefferson University.

It should be noted that the recommendations made herein with regard to the use of therapeutic agents, varying disease states, and assessments of risk, are based upon a combination of clinical trials, current guidelines, and the clinical practice experience of the participating presenters. The drug selection and dosage information presented in this activity are believed to be accurate. However, participants are urged to consult all available data on products and procedures before using them in clinical practice.

Steps for Successful Completion

To successfully complete this activity, learners must read the article in its entirety, review information in the links, and successfully pass a post-test with a 70% or greater. In addition, learners must complete the required online activity evaluation.


This enduring activity expires: October 1, 2022. support of improving patient care, Thomas Jefferson University is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation

Physicians: This educational activity is designated for a maximum of  3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other Healthcare Professionals: This certificate indicates participation in this educational activity, which is designated for 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 3.00 Attendance


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