📚Published by Harvard University and last updated November 21st, 2020
➡️ Treatments for COVID-19
What helps, what doesn’t, and what’s in the pipeline
“Most people who become ill with COVID-19 will be able to recover at home. Some of the same things you do to feel better if you have the flu — getting enough rest, staying well hydrated, and taking medications to relieve fever and aches and pains — also help with COVID-19.”
🟥 𝗖𝗢𝗡𝗩𝗔𝗟𝗘𝗦𝗖𝗘𝗡𝗧 𝗣𝗟𝗔𝗦𝗠𝗔 — literally plasma from recovered patients — has been used for more than 100 years to treat a variety of illnesses from measles to polio, chickenpox, and SARS. It is widely believed to be safe.
In the current situation, antibody-containing plasma from a recovered patient is given by transfusion to a patient who is suffering from COVID-19. The donor antibodies may help the patient fight the illness, possibly shortening the length or reducing the severity of the disease.
🟥 𝗜𝗦 𝗧𝗛𝗘𝗥𝗘 𝗔𝗡 𝗔𝗡𝗧𝗜𝗩𝗜𝗥𝗔𝗟 𝗧𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗧𝗠𝗘𝗡𝗧 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗖𝗢𝗩𝗜𝗗-𝟭𝟵?
In October 2020, the FDA approved the antiviral drug remdesivir to treat COVID-19. The drug may be used to treat adults and children ages 12 and older and weighing at least 88 pounds, who have been hospitalized for COVID-19. Clinical trials suggest that in these patients, remdesivir may modestly speed up recovery time.
Other antiviral drugs are also being tested to see if they might be effective against the virus that causes COVID-19.
🟥 𝗗𝗢𝗘𝗦 𝗩𝗜𝗧𝗔𝗠𝗜𝗡 𝗗 𝗣𝗥𝗢𝗧𝗘𝗖𝗧 𝗔𝗚𝗔𝗜𝗡𝗦𝗧 𝗖𝗢𝗩𝗜𝗗-𝟭𝟵?
There is some evidence to suggest that vitamin D might help protect against becoming infected with, and developing serious symptoms of, COVID-19. We know, for example, that people with low vitamin D levels may be more susceptible to upper respiratory tract infections. One meta-analysis found that people who took vitamin D supplements, particularly those who had low vitamin D levels, were less likely to develop acute respiratory tract infections than those who didn’t.
Vitamin D may protect against COVID-19 in two ways. First, it may help boost our bodies’ natural defense against viruses and bacteria. Second, it may help prevent an exaggerated inflammatory response, which has been shown to contribute to severe illness in some people with COVID-19.
Full Article ➡️📚 health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/treatments-for-covid-19
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