Early Outpatient COVID Treatment – Why is There Still no Plan?
or most infections, early treatment is imperative to prevent late complications. Gangrene infection in the toe must be treated aggressively to prevent losing not only the toe, but also a foot or leg if the infection is inadequately treated and spreads.
Those with cardiovascular disease are treated with statins and blood thinners as outpatients to prevent more serious disease and subsequent hospital care for stroke and heart attack with a much higher probability of disability or death.
COVID has been with us for almost two years and yet there are still not officially and medical establishment endorsed outpatient treatment protocols to keep infected individuals out of hospitals, which is where more serious problems begin, from secondary hospital infections, ventilators, and ultimately death.
Back in March of 2020, when COVID emerged on the scene, the rule of thumb was to not go to the hospital until short of breath and deathly ill. By this time, with the cytokine storm raging, hurricane force winds were blowing most to a ventilator in the ICU where it was by the grace of God and a coin flip whether one would exit the ICU alive, whatever alive meant for those poor souls that lived through weeks in a medically induced coma.
Consider this scenario. After waiting for hours for a COVID nasal swab, testing which President Biden promised more of but failed to deliver on (a recuring theme of his floundering presidency), the test returns positive. The cough is worsening, along with a sore throat, fever, aches and pains, headache, and a GI tract running in high gear. Now what? What are the medical establishment’s recommendations?
A good place to start is the NIH, specifically their “General management of non-hospitalized patients with acute COVID-19,” updated less than a month ago.
Management of non-hospitalized patients with acute COVID-19 should include providing supportive care, considering the use of COVID-19-specific therapy for patients who have a high risk for disease progression, taking steps to reduce the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission (including isolating the patient), and advising patients on when to contact a health care provider and seek an in-person evaluation.
Rough translation: good luck, take two aspirin and call me in the morning if you can’t breathe. And make sure your affairs are in order for your hospital trip may be one way.