While the press coverage and panic surrounding the Corona Virus pandemic has decreased drastically as the years have progressed, the illness itself has not ceased to spread. As time has passed, various healthcare solutions have risen and have been thoroughly tested to push our world closer and closer to normalcy. Nearly everyone knows where to receive COVID testing in the event they’ve been exposed or are experiencing symptoms, however, not everyone is aware of the options they have for actually treating COVID-19. Healthcare providers and medical facilities offer a variety of solutions to treat COVID-19, so read on to learn more!
1. Intravenous Therapy
The United States Food and Drug Administration(FDA) has approved multiple new methods of fighting COVID including Veklury, an intravenous (IV) Therapy solution. This treatment option is not only available for adults, but for certain pediatric patients as well. The FDA authorized a handful of emergency solutions for COVID at the height of the pandemic, and IV Therapy was one of these solutions. It has since been further tested, and while it isn’t prevention against the illness, it will help treat those exposed.
2. Monoclonal Antibody Treatments
Monoclonal Antibody Treatments are used for those who seek to prevent the severe symptoms of COVID-19. Prophylaxis treatments allow children and adults alike to take an extra step in caring for their health. These antibodies are created in a laboratory and are actually synthetic molecules that act as antibodies in your immune system. These synthesized antibodies work more effectively than your naturally occurring defense systems and make it more difficult for disease to reproduce and make you sick. Healthcare solutions such as this are good options for anyone at high risk who wants to do all they can to prevent the contraction of COVID-19.
3. Antiviral Pills
The FDA continues to oversee the creation and distribution of these treatments and thoroughly tests them for approved dose administrations and the subsequent side effects. Another healthcare solution that has been approved by the FDA is the possibility of antiviral pills which treat those with moderate cases of COVID-19. These pills act as a way of slowing the progression of the illness and lessening the possibility of it developing into something more dangerous that can lead to hospitalization, and in some cases, death. There are two of these pills currently approved for consumption: Paxlovid and Lagevrio (Molnupiravir), both of which have strong scientific research backing up their effectiveness.
4. Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen
In addition to preventative and in-facility healthcare solutions, there are also simple at-home remedies for less severe cases or for those who don’t have access to their primary care provider. Over-the-counter pain and fever reducers as well as flu medicines are commonly used to combat the side effects of COVID. If your fever refuses to let up or you experience trouble breathing, seek medical care from a professional at an emergency room. These accessible pills should only be used as healthcare solutions for mild cases that are manageable within your own home.
If you haven’t tested positive or been exposed to COVID, you still might be looking for ways to prevent the spread of germs and protect yourself. This is especially important for those who are at higher risk for COVID-19 due to diabetes, cancers, heart disease, and other immune system-weakening ailments. According to Medical News Today, if the flu vaccine is matched to circulating viruses, it can reduce flu risk between 40 and 60%, and the COVID-19 vaccine works similarly. When you go to get your yearly flu vaccine, ask about the options for COVID vaccines as well.
Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna all offer vaccinations against COVID, and all supply safe and tested support to people of any almost age who wish to receive this extra layer of protection. It’s extremely common and understandable to have questions regarding these vaccines, especially given the controversy surrounding their conception. Please reach out to gain a better understanding of their effectiveness and what steps are taken to ensure they are administered safely.
Whether you have tested positive for the virus or are looking for ways to prevent the spread and decrease the severity of the symptoms if you do come down with the illness, there are options for you. Modern medicine is a gift to the world in that it provides us with the ability to fight these easily-spread viruses, and hopefully eradicate them entirely. Not every medical facility offers the same treatment options, so be sure to reach out to Care Station Medical Group today to see what we can offer you as our nation continues the fight against COVID.