The symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-20) are so severe that many people with it are refusing to take their meds and instead have to stay home, a group of doctors says.
In a paper to be published in the journal PLOS ONE, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) says a patient with COVID can become increasingly unstable as they develop symptoms such as headache, fatigue and diarrhoea.
The problem is exacerbated by the lack of vaccines, according to the authors.
“What we’re seeing in this country is a lot of people that have had some of the symptoms, but they are not getting the right vaccine or not getting a proper course of treatment,” said Dr. Robert Hessel, an associate professor of medicine at Emory University and the author of the paper.
“It’s really challenging for the medical community to understand why that’s happening.”
Dr. Hessel and his colleagues looked at patients who had tested positive for COVID and then developed symptoms of the virus, like severe headache, nausea, vomiting and fever.
These people often refused to go to their doctor or get antibiotics.
Instead, they have opted for a course of “post hoc antiviral therapy” (PHT) in which they take a medication called clopidogrel, or ibuprofen.
This means they take some other medicine that can keep their body’s immune system working, such as ibuprilet, an antibiotic that prevents infection with the coronaviruses coronaviral and non-carcinogenic strains.
“We’re not talking about stopping the virus,” Hessel said.
“That’s not the point of this paper.
What we’re saying is, if you’re experiencing these symptoms, and you’re on a PHT course, and the virus is out of control, and your body is responding poorly, why don’t you stay home and wait for the coronovirus to die out?”
This is a scenario that could be replicated in a large number of countries where many of their citizens have been exposed to the virus.
The researchers also looked at the COVID cases in people who had not tested positive.
They found that the patients who developed symptoms and refused to take the PHT medication were almost twice as likely to be hospitalized compared to those who were treated with PHT and did not develop symptoms.
“There is a huge opportunity for this type of PHT therapy to have a huge impact on the pandemic,” Hesse said.
But PHT is not the only treatment that can help people with COFF-1.
Other vaccines are also being tested for COFF1, but the researchers found that they are still not effective.
In addition, many people have not been vaccinated because of concerns about the potential side effects of COFFs.
“These are not new questions, they are really new answers to what’s going on with this virus,” Dr. Matthew Pascarella, a professor of infectious diseases and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania, said.
The new study is the first to link the symptoms to a specific strain of coronoviruses, which has caused significant resistance to all of them.
“In this case, we’re talking about the strain of the coronava virus that’s causing the most concern,” Dr Hessel added.
In other words, COFFS-1 is a different strain of virus from COVID, and it is also different from the virus that has been causing severe COFF symptoms.
However, the authors caution that they can’t definitively say what is causing the COFF syndrome.
“This is a good piece of evidence that people have been over-reporting the COF [co-morbidity],” Dr. Pascares said.
He added that the new paper could help doctors understand the reasons for this and potentially help them develop a more effective strategy to stop the coronavia virus.
“As the pandemics get worse, there are going to be more patients who will develop COFF and who are going have problems with COF,” he said.
As COFF spreads, the number of COF patients increases, and as more people get sick, the chances of death will increase.
The authors point out that many coronavirotic illnesses can be prevented by treating people who are ill, not the virus itself.
However the paper did not look at the effects of vaccines that are also known to suppress COFF.
“If you’re going to take an anti-COVID vaccine, you can’t stop the virus unless you take that vaccine, and vaccines are the mainstay of the pandemia, so it would be interesting to see how these vaccines affect the disease,” HESSEL said.