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GUIDELINE AND CONSENSUS
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 13

Interpretation of the Expert Consensus on the Traditional Chinese Medicine Prevention and Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 Omicron Variant Infections


1 Department of Emergency, Longhua Hospital of Shanghai University of Chinese Medicine; Institute of Emergency and Critical Care, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai; Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital Affiliated to Southwest Medicine University, Luzhou, China
2 Xiyuan Hospital of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing, China
3 The American Traditional Chinese Medicine Society, New York, USA
4 Department of Emergency, Affiliated Hospital of Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Jinan, China
5 Department of Emergency, Yunnan Province Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Kunming, China
6 The Supervision and Management Department of Chinese Medicine Services Shanghai Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai, China
7 Department of Emergency, Guang’anmen Hospital, China Academy of Chinese Medical Science, Beijing, China
8 Department of Emergency, Jilin City Integrative Traditional and Western Medicine Hospital, Jilin, China
9 Department of Emergency, Wuhan Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Wuhan, China
10 Department of Emergency, First Teaching Hospital of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tianjin, China
11 Department of Integrative Traditional and Western Medicine, Shanghai Municipal Public Health Center, Shanghai, China
12 United Alliance of New York State Licensed Acupuncturists, New York, USA
13 Institute of Military political work, Academy of Military Sciences PLA China, Beijing, China
14 Department of Emergency, Longhua Hospital of Shanghai University of Chinese Medicine, Shanghai, China
15 College of Acumox and Tuina, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai, China
16 H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, USA
17 Department of Pneumology, Shenzhen Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital, Guangzhou, China
18 Intensive Medicine, First Affiliated Hospital, Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine, Harbin, China
19 Canadian Chinese Medicine Association, Toronto, Canada
20 Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Changhong Zhou
Harvard Medical School, 25 Shattuck St., Boston 02115, MA
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2773-0387.360626

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The Omicron variant of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 remains a global problem. Current data indicate that the Omicron variant causes mild clinical symptoms and few severe cases and deaths. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has demonstrated definite efficacy and distinct advantages in the prevention and treatment of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Thus, by focusing on the pathogenic characteristics of the Omicron variant, the Emergency Professional Committee of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies, Emergency and Critical Care Institute of the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and American Traditional Chinese Medicine Society have brought together clinical experts on the TCM prevention and control of COVID-19 to formulate an expert consensus on the prevention and treatment of Omicron variant infections based on the Diagnosis and Treatment Protocol for COVID-19 (Trial Version 9). This review provides a comprehensive Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an acute respiratory infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The main symptoms of interpretation of this expert consensus, covering topics such as discussing the pathogenic characteristics of the Omicron variant from the TCM perspective of “epidemic disease of pathogenic wind,” prevention plans for vulnerable populations, and stratified treatment plans for infected populations. We hope that this review can serve as a reference for the clinical prevention and treatment of the Omicron variant.


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