Doctors in San Antonio said they’re getting a lot of calls from patients who have moderate symptoms after having a positive COVID-19 test result. They claim that, in most cases, those who have been vaccinated will have little problems unless they are at high risk. If a person tests positive, they should do the following.
The best thing to do, according to Dr. Saleh Jafaar of MedCare Associates, is to call your doctor as soon as you get a COVID-19 positive result so you know when you need to get to the hospital for emergency care. He claims that, for the most part, individuals who have been vaccinated will have few problems.
He stated, “if it’s really mild symptoms, we don’t do anything. Ask them to take Tylenol, keep hydrated, get as much rest as they can and follow up in a day or two”. But his concern changes if the patient has difficulty breathing.
The Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council, according to Dr. Ruth Berggren, an infectious disease expert at UT Health San Antonio, has developed a list of best practices standards for doctors in the region to follow when it comes to outpatient therapy of the virus.
Isolation from the outside world, as well as within the home, is the first recommendation. Use your own bathroom and don’t dine with the rest of the family. Berggren also suggests utilizing a pulse oximeter to ensure that the patient’s oxygen saturation remains over 94%.
Second, those who have one of several high-risk characteristics, such as being pregnant, having diabetes, or being over 65, should speak with their doctor about getting a prescription for monoclonal antibody therapy. The infusion is free at the Freeman Coliseum, and the FDA has approved it for emergency usage.
She also cautioned doctors against using steroids excessively early in the COVID-19 diagnosis to treat patients. She claims that administering immunosuppressant medications at the wrong time can harm the body’s ability to fight the infection on its own.
While there was a lot of debate early on in the epidemic about utilizing supplements to combat the virus, Berggren believes there isn’t enough evidence to back it up yet. However, she claims that taking zinc lozenges, Vitamin D, and melatonin before contracting the virus will help your body prepare to fight it.
Berggren also invites those who have minor COVID-19 symptoms to consider participating in clinical studies to assist researchers to figure out the best way to treat the virus. One of the experiments entails the use of a specific depression drug.