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The words "respiratory" and "respiration" refer to the lungs and breathing.

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Dezube R. Overview of the respiratory system. Merck Manual Consumer Version website. Updated September 2022. Accessed January 17, 2023.

Last reviewed October 20, 2022 by Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David C. Dugdale, MD, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team..

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Treatments are needed to improve outcomes among patients hospitalized for COVID-19, including direct-acting antiviral (DAA) agents to mitigate the pathology driven by ongoing viral replication. This trial will evaluate S-217622, an anti-SARS-CoV2…

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