Covid-19

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COVID-19, short for "Coronavirus Disease 2019," is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2. Discovered in 2019 and responsible for the 2020 global pandemic, the virus is known for its aggressive spread and its symptoms that target the respiratory system, in addition to it targeting a person’s sense of smell and taste. Left untreated, severe cases can lead to pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), posing a significant threat, especially to the elderly and those with underlying health conditions. 

COVID-19 symptoms can vary widely in both severity and presentation, with some individuals remaining asymptomatic (showing no symptoms) while others experience more severe illness. Common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

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Fever

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Chills

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Shortness of Breath

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Fatigue

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Body aches

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Loss of Taste or Smell

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Headache

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Congestion or Runny Nose

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Nausea and Vomiting 

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Diarrhea

Covid-19 primarily spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets when an infected individual coughs, sneezes, talks, or breathes. It can also spread by touching surfaces contaminated with the virus and then touching the face, especially the eyes, nose, or mouth.

Covid-19 testing 

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PCR Testing: The most common and reliable method for diagnosing COVID-19 is the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. A swab is taken from the nose or throat to collect a sample of respiratory secretions. This sample is then processed in a laboratory to detect the genetic material (RNA) of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. 

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Antigen Testing: also known as rapid tests, detect specific proteins on the surface of the virus. These tests can provide results in a shorter time frame, usually within 15-30 minutes. While they are faster, they may not be as sensitive as PCR tests, which means they can occasionally produce false-negative results.

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Antibody Testing: Serological tests detect antibodies produced by the immune system in response to the virus. These tests are typically used to determine if an individual has previously been infected with SARS-CoV-2. They are less useful for diagnosing current infections because antibodies may take several days to develop after infection.

With most cases of Covid-19 resulting in mild symptoms, most examples of Covid-19 treatment will include plenty of rest, hydration, nutrition, and avoiding activities that might strain the patient. In addition to that, patients are still asked to isolate so as not to spread the virus to those who might be vulnerable to it. For those approved to get prescriptions for Covid-19, Call-On-Doc additionally offers Paxlovid. 

Paxlovid is NOT authorized in the following setting:

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Prevention of COVID-19

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Patient under 30 yrs with no risk factors or underlying medical conditions

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In those requiring hospitalization due to severe COVID-19.

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Paxlovid is not a substitute for vaccination

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Individuals who have SARS-CoV-2 infection but do NOT have symptioms

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Individuals without any risk factors for progression to severe disease

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Possible side effects of Paxlovid include impaired sense of taste, diarrhea, high blood pressure and muscle aches.

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May result in potentially significant drug interactions if used at the same time as certain other drugs.

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May lead to HIV-1 drug resistance in people with uncontrolled or undiagnosed HIV-1 infection.

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Paxlovid is not recommended in patients with severe kidney and liver impairment.

NOTE: Paxlovid can only be prescribed if you meet ALL of the following requirements:

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Age 30+

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Positive for COVID-19

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If you have underlying medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, heart condition, lung disease

Remedies designed to help manage Covid-19 symptoms and reduce the disease's effectiveness are similar to those used for the flu, which specifically helps soothe the sinuses, throat, and other parts of the body affected. These remedies can include:

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Steam Inhalation 

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Gargling with salt water

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Using a humidifier or cool mist vaporizer

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Deep breathing exercises 

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Vitamin supplements (Vitamin C , Vitamin D & Zinc)

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Soups and fruit smoothies

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Cough drops 

From the onset, preventing the spread of Covid-19 is crucial to help those that might be more susceptible. Like the flu, monitoring your fever and symptoms for the first few days will indicate whether the disease is mild or requires further attention. During this time, the patient should rest and hydrate as much as possible, using recommended over-the-counter medication as needed and avoiding strenuous activities. In the event that isolation is not possible, masks and sanitation will help prevent transmission. 

Preventing the spread of COVID-19 involves a combination of personal hygiene, public health measures, and vaccination. Here are some tips to help prevent COVID-19:

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Get up-to-date vaccinations 

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Wear masks when the spread is high

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Practice social distancing from those who appear sick

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Avoid touching your face

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Avoid crowded and poorly ventilated places

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Stay informed through trusted public health sources

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