Using serum (blood) from recovering patients to treat coronavirus infection

Executive Summary It has been hypothesized that blood serum (fluid) from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 could treat infected individuals. Serum contains proteins called antibodies that can bind to the virus and prevent infection. Support this concept is a study that has shown primates who get COVID-19 infection are protected from re-infection. However, otherContinue reading “Using serum (blood) from recovering patients to treat coronavirus infection”

Does Ibuprofen Worsen Coronavirus Infection

Executive Summary There have been concerns that ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatory drugs will worsen COVID-19 infection. This was raised as a theoretical problem in a letter to Lancet. No data was provided to support this concern. This issue has been reinforced by the WHO and the French Health Minister making many individuals want to stopContinue reading “Does Ibuprofen Worsen Coronavirus Infection”

Issues with Testing for COVID-19

Executive Summary Testing for COVID-19 involves examining secretions from the nose and mouth for genetic material from the virus using a technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR). It is very effective at identifying who is actively shedding virus and thus can infect others. It will not identify who has been infected, who is infected butContinue reading “Issues with Testing for COVID-19”

Covid-19 Testing vs. Social Distancing

A lot has been said about testing for COVID-19. Many people have suggested that we have been late in getting mass testing started. In fact, even without a test we did the prudent tasks of social distancing and essentially instituting a quarantine on anyone from affected areas (travel ban from Asia). It is always betterContinue reading “Covid-19 Testing vs. Social Distancing”