News, Vaccines & Treatments

Treatments & Vaccines

Treatments:
Scientists claim an inexpensive and widely used steroid, dexamethasone, could reduce COVID-19 deaths from the severely ill by up to one third.

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

The FDA has revoked emergency authorization of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine as benefits have not been shown to outweigh the risks.

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 healthcare provider for this explicit purpose. 

Investigational treatments include blood plasma from recently recovered coronavirus patients and an early tuberculosis vaccine.

Most people who become infected with COVID-19 have mild symptoms and can recover safely at home.

Health officials recommend over-the-counter medicine such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®) to treat fever. Consult your healthcare provider if you feel sick.

After recovering from infection, testing may help you make an informed decision about when you are no longer contagious and can safely end a period of quarantine. 

Vaccines: 
Global efforts to expedite the development of a vaccine are underway.  The projection for approval of a vaccine is 12-18 months as of March 2020.  This is not a guarantee.