What Treatments Are Being Used for COVID-19 Infections?
COVID-19 cases are global and spreading rapidly throughout the U.S. Many cities and states have enacted either complete lockdowns or soft quarantines where many businesses are closed and residents are encouraged to utilize “social distancing” to reduce their risks of infection. But what happens to people who are infected with coronavirus?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that there are no drugs currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to specifically treat COVID-19. However, physicians and other healthcare providers are utilizing existing drugs to help reduce patient symptoms and treat some aspects of the infection. Those treatment options include:
- Remdesivir—An experimental anti-viral drug, remdesivir inhibits viral replication. Some patients are currently receiving the drug to treat coronavirus through either clinical trials or through “compassionate use” requests.
- Hydroxychloroquine and Chloroquine—These drugs are typically used to treat malaria and its symptoms, as well as certain inflammatory conditions. When taken in combination with azithromycin, the drugs may work in tandem to reduce the symptoms and severity of coronavirus.
Work is continuing around the clock to find more effective treatments for COVID-19, as well as to produce a vaccine to prevent infections in the first place. If you suspect that you or someone you love has coronavirus, never take any medications without seeing your doctor first.
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