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Off-Label: Can Drugs Developed For Other Diseases Treat COVID-19?

Early in 2022, the FDA granted emergency use authorization to two antiviral drugs to treat COVID-19: Lagevrio (molnupiravir) and Paxlovid (nirmatrelvir and ritonavir). These treatments aren’t 100% effective, though they are more effective the sooner they’re prescribed, so it’s been crucial for scientists to continue to study other drugs and…

Beating Long Haulers Syndrome: Light at the End of a Long Haul

Beating Long Haulers Syndrome is a book for anyone who has lingering symptoms of COVID-19 or knows someone who has them. Written by journalist Michael Bowker, it’s an affirmation of the reality and potential life-changing properties of long haulers syndrome. 

Tracking Patients of the COVID-19 Vaccine Needs to Happen

Within the next year, millions of people will receive one of three, or more, new COVID-19 vaccines. Two of them will likely be mRNA-based vaccines, never before approved for human vaccine use. With technology that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed, we could track COVID-19 vaccine…

Un-Sheltering Tips for Your Health and Immune System

As we all emerge from our bubbles of limited contact with others, we are walking straight into the double whammy of flu season and COVID-19 germs. Can your body fight off exposure to the flu and COVID? Your immune system feeds off the basics of life — sleep, movement, food…

Positive Drug Trials Point to a COVID-19 Vaccine on the Horizon

We’re officially closer to finding a new COVID-19 vaccine. In the last two weeks, pharmaceutical companies Moderna and AstraZeneca released promising data on their vaccines — respectively named mRNA-1273 and AZD1222. There’s still more testing to be done, but we’re getting closer to finding a heavily vetted vaccine that may…

COVID-19 Fatigue

It seems every time we learn something about COVID-19, it is contradicted within days. The most recent about-face still has me spinning: We were first told that COVID-19 germs spread to other people before symptoms appear, called “asymptomatic shedding,” and it was estimated to happen for up to two weeks before symptoms appeared.

Can Convalescent Plasma Treat COVID-19 Patients?

One of the most promising treatments for COVID-19 is convalescent plasma, a component of blood. People who have been infected with the virus and are now healthy have developed COVID-19-fighting antibodies, which, the theory is, can be given to people currently sick with COVID-19 so that those antibodies can boost…

My COVID-19 Antibody Test Left Me With More Questions

You may have heard about COVID-19 antibody testing, which can determine if you might have been infected with the novel coronavirus. I was intrigued as well by this testing, even though I never had a nasal swab (PCR) test, which would determine if I had the virus at the time…

The Vitamins and Minerals to Boost Your Immune System

As we re-enter the world after months of self-isolating, is there going to be another spike in COVID-19 infections? Perhaps. However, as you increase your contact with more people, having a strong immune system is a key part of keeping healthy. To boost your immune system, make sure you are getting…

How Much Optimism Should We Have About Remdesivir for COVID-19?

Big news this week about the first research on remdesivir as a treatment for COVID-19. Remdesivir is an antiviral medication initially developed years ago by Gilead Sciences as a potential treatment for ebola. Remdesivir ultimately failed as a treatment for Ebola. Not a good study Remdesivir received a lot of…

Why Hydroxychloroquine Isn’t a Pandemic Panacea

As the numbers of those infected by COVID-19 continue to mount, there are growing calls to use untested treatments. Doctors are using existing drugs and “repurposing” them to treat coronavirus patients in the hope it will heal them

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