COVID-19 Facts

Treatments, Vaccines, Testing

On May 1, 2020, the FDA granted an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)for medical professionals to treat coronavirus patients with the broad-spectrum antiviral medication, remdesivir.

On April 24, 2020, the FDA announced that a previously granted EUA of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine could cause heart problems.

Do not take non-pharmaceutical chloroquine phosphate or ingest or inject any disinfectants. Do not take medication to treat coronavirus that has not been prescribed by your health care provider for this explicit purpose.

Promising treatments currently under investigation include the use of blood plasma from recently recovered coronavirus patients, and an old tuberculosis vaccine.

Global efforts to expedite the development of a vaccine are underway. It is unknown when a vaccine will be available for public use.

Testing & Safety Measures:
Most people have mild symptoms and can recover safely at home, but testing may help you make informed decisions about self-isolation.

Health officials recommend over-the-counter medicine like acetaminophen (Tylenol) to treat fever. Consult your health care provider if you feel sick.

The CDC advises that you contact your state or local health department to learn about safety measures put in place in your own community.

Contact state/local health departments or your health care provider to learn about available COVID-19 tests. Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19, and the CDC states that “decisions about testing are at the discretion of state and local health departments and/or individual clinicians.”

Check here for the latest numbers of people infected, deceased, and recovering:

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