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While the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, doctors have far more options to try to treat COVID-19 patients now than they did in late winter and early spring of 2020. That often means buying enough time for patients’ immune systems to fight off the virus on their own. It also means…

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Testing people frequently, including when they have symptoms and when they have a credible fear of exposure, can help medical officials trace how the virus is moving through a geographic area. Once the pandemic is more under control, frequent testing will also help ensure that numbers contin…

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A typical, peer-reviewed journal takes at least a few months but often closer to a year to cycle submitted papers all the way to publication—and that’s fine for most conditions. In 2020, we’ve seen scholarly research get a green light and a steady push from reviewers who are almost waiting b…

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Doctors keep up with the literature within their specialties, both for ethical reasons and to fulfill continuing education requirements. But COVID-19 treatment is happening in real-time around the world, and doctors are meeting in virtual groups to compare notes on what’s working and what’s not.

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Remdesivir is an IV antiviral drug that has slowed the replication of the COVID-19 virus in clinical trials. That means patients have a lower viral load for a longer time, which scientists say could slow any worsening of the virus. Patients in the meantime have more time to be less sick, inc…

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Dexamethasone is a corticosteroid, meaning it’s a hormone push that triggers anti-inflammatory changes in your body. It’s already widely used around the world for treating respiratory distress in premature babies, for example. And for patients with severe COVID-19 who are on ventilators, dex…

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Pharmaceutical company Regeneron made news in September with promising research about its “COVID-19 cocktail” antibody treatment. This is reportedly what President Donald Trump received during his stay at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Regeneron’s research is on a very small g…

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The FDA has authorized the emergency use of Eli Lilly’s antibody treatment bamlanivimab, which, they say, works best on patients who are still in the early stages of COVID-19 and not hospitalized or receiving ventilation support. In a study, just 3% of patients given bamlanivimab after contr…