What drug is used for the treatment of a hospitalized COVID-19 patient?
Your doctors may give you an antiviral medicine called remdesivir (Veklury). Remdesivir is the first drug approved by the FDA for treatment of hospitalized COVID patients over the age of 12. Research shows that some patients recover faster after taking it.
Does every COVID-19 patient need to be hospitalized?
Most people who become sick with COVID-19 will only experience mild illness and can recover at home. Symptoms might last a few days, and people who have the virus might feel better in about a week. Treatment is aimed at relieving symptoms and includes rest, fluid intake and pain relievers.
What are some of the effects of hospitalization due to COVID-19?
Effects of hospitalization can also include post-intensive care syndrome (PICS), which refers to health effects that begin when a person is in an intensive care unit (ICU) and can remain after a person returns home. These effects can include severe weakness, problems with thinking and judgment, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD involves long-term reactions to a very stressful event.
When should I go to the emergency room for COVID-19?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says if you begin to show severe symptoms of COVID-19 – or what they call emergency warning signs – you should go to the emergency room or call 911 immediately.
Is there a drug treatment for COVID-19?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved one drug treatment for COVID-19 and has authorized others for emergency use during this public health emergency. In addition, many more therapies are being tested in clinical trials to evaluate whether they are safe and effective in combating COVID-19.
What is the first drug that was approved to treat COVID-19?
Veklury is the first treatment for COVID-19 to receive FDA approval.