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COVID-19 Resurgence: What Are Your Treatment Options

As we navigate through the ever-evolving landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic, we find ourselves facing a resurgence of the virus in various parts of the world. 

With new variants emerging and infection rates fluctuating, it's crucial to stay informed about available treatment options. 

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So, if you test positive for COVID-19 and fall into the high-risk category, Urgent Care of the Palm Beaches is here to offer you Free COVID-19 medications. These are PAXLOVID and Lagevrio (molnupiravir), two breakthrough medications proven to reduce the severity of COVID-19 symptoms and prevent hospitalization.  Don’t hesitate to contact us or visit one of our convenient locations.

Read on below to learn more about the resurgence of COVID-19 and the various treatment options available to you and your loved ones. 

Why is there a resurgence in COVID-19?

COVID-19 is an infectious respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2. 

It primarily spreads through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or breathes. It can also spread by touching surfaces contaminated with the virus and then touching the face, particularly the eyes, nose, or mouth.

The resurgence of COVID-19 cases can be attributed to several interconnected factors, namely:

  • Variants and mutations: New variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus have emerged over time. Some variants may be more transmissible, partially evading immunity from previous infection or vaccination, or cause more severe illness. These variants can lead to localized or widespread outbreaks.
  • Waning immunity: Over time, immunity acquired through vaccination or previous infection can wane, making individuals more susceptible to reinfection or breakthrough cases. Booster doses have been recommended to address this issue and enhance immunity.
  • Pandemic fatigue: As the pandemic has persisted, people may become fatigued with adhering to preventive measures such as mask-wearing and social distancing. This fatigue can lead to decreased compliance with public health guidelines, contributing to the resurgence.

What are the treatment options available?

Healthcare professionals follow standardized treatment protocols for COVID-19. Patients with mild symptoms may only require self-isolation, rest, hydration, and over-the-counter drugs. 

However, individuals experiencing severe symptoms should seek immediate medical attention for appropriate treatment. This may include the following:

  1. Remdesivir

Remdesivir is an antiviral medication developed initially for the treatment of Ebola. It received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) in various countries, including the United States, to treat COVID-19. It works by inhibiting viral replication.

  1. Dexamethasone

Dexamethasone is a corticosteroid that has been shown to reduce inflammation and improve outcomes in severe COVID-19 cases. It is used to manage the cytokine storm and inflammation associated with severe disease.

  1. Convalescent plasma

Convalescent plasma therapy involves using blood plasma from individuals who have recovered from COVID-19, which contains antibodies against the virus. This therapy was used to provide passive immunity to patients with severe COVID-19.

  1. Monoclonal antibodies

Monoclonal antibody treatments, such as Casirivimab, and Imdevimab (administered together as a cocktail), and Bamlanivimab, were authorized for emergency use to treat COVID-19. These antibodies help neutralize the virus and reduce the severity of the illness.

  1. Tocilizumab

Tocilizumab is an immunosuppressive drug used to manage severe inflammation in conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. It has been investigated for its potential to reduce severe inflammation in COVID-19 patients.

  1. Molnupiravir

Molnupiravir is an experimental oral antiviral medication designed to inhibit the replication of SARS-CoV-2. Clinical trials were ongoing to assess its safety and efficacy in treating COVID-19.

  1. Paxlovid (Nirmatrelvir/Ritonavir)

Paxlovid is a medication developed by Pfizer for the treatment of COVID-19. It is an oral antiviral therapy that received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and regulatory approvals in other countries for treating COVID-19 in certain situations.

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Paxlovid is a combination therapy consisting of two active ingredients: nirmatrelvir and ritonavir. These drugs work together to inhibit the replication of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19.

  1. Baricitinib

Baricitinib is an immunosuppressive drug used to treat conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. It has been investigated in combination with Remdesivir for the treatment of COVID-19.

What should you do if you have COVID-19?

If you have COVID-19 or suspect that you may have it, it's essential to take certain steps to protect yourself and others and to follow public health guidelines. Here's what you should do:

  1. Get tested

It's advisable to get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild. Testing helps confirm whether you are infected and can aid contact tracing efforts. 

Testing is also recommended if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or if you have been in situations with a higher risk of exposure.

  1. Isolate yourself

Stay at home and isolate yourself from others as much as possible. Avoid going to work, school, or public places. Stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom if available.

  1. Inform close contacts

Notify people you have been in close contact with recently so they can take precautions. They may need to get tested and quarantine.

  1. Rest and hydrate

Get plenty of rest and drink fluids to stay hydrated. Over-the-counter medications can help alleviate symptoms like fever and congestion, but consult a  doctor before taking any medicines, especially if you have underlying health conditions.

  1. Practice good hygiene

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Other important things to remember include wearing a mask, covering coughs and sneezes, and disinfecting surfaces.

  1. Follow medical advice

Contact your GP or go to an urgent care facility for guidance on managing your symptoms and monitoring your health. They can provide recommendations specific to your situation.

Continue to isolate yourself until you meet the criteria for ending isolation. Generally, this means at least ten days have passed since your symptoms first appeared, you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medications, and your symptoms have improved.

Where to find the best urgent care near me?

Urgent Care of the Palm Beaches is here to provide you with comprehensive and compassionate care, especially during these challenging times.

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That’s why we are now offering state-provided COVID-19 medications: PAXLOVID and Lagevrio (Molnupiravir) — FREE for our patients! These medications are highly effective in reducing the severity of COVID-19 and preventing hospitalization.

If you've tested positive for COVID-19 and are at high risk for progression of the virus, you can receive these medications at no cost in our office. 

Contact us now to schedule your appointment or walk-in for rapid COVID testing. You can visit one of our offices that’s conveniently located near you:

Get the best treatment options for COVID-19 at Urgent Care of the Palm Beaches. Together, we can navigate through these times with care, compassion, and the support you deserve. 

Your health, our commitment!

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