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What Are the Available Treatment Options for COVID-19?

What are the available treatment options for COVID-19?

Although there are several options available, and one may ask which on is the best option – the answer is it depends on how sick someone is. For example, dexamethasone, which is a steroid, can lower the risk of fatality for severely ill patients. However, they may do the exact opposite for those who are only mildly sick or infected.

There are no treatments that are specifically approved for COVID-19 infection; however, a few have been authorized for emergency use and several more are being considered as potential treatment where required. A panel of experts gathered by the National Institutes of Health updates guidelines as new studies come out.

The following are what’s advised for various COVID-19 patients:

For Not hospitalized or hospitalized but not needing extra oxygen: No specific drugs recommended, and a warning against using steroids.

For Hospitalized and needing extra oxygen but not a breathing machine: The antiviral drug remdesivir, given through an IV, and in some cases also a steroid.

For Hospitalized and on a breathing machine: Remdesivir and a steroid.

How about the convalescent plasma? A convalescent plasma is an infusion of blood from a COVID-19 survivor that contains antibodies that fight the virus? Unfortunately, not enough is known to recommend for or against it this treatment, according the guidelines that was released.

On the other hand, experts advised the use of hydroxychloroquine and other certain drugs that affect the immune system, multiple studies have shown that using these drugs are deemed ineffective in fighting against the coronavirus.

The doctors, have learned more about ways to treat hospitalized COVID-19 patients, such as putting them on their bellies and other measures that may prevent the need for breathing apparatus.

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