Doctors warn against treatment misinformation and offer home advice as COVID-19 hospitalizations smash records | Local News


Ivermectin is another drug that Bratzler said he was unaware of having good evidence to support it as a treatment for COVID-19.

He said any potential treatment for a disease with a high survival rate — like COVID — needs to go through randomized clinical trials in which half the participants get the treatment, the other half don’t, and the patients and patients healthcare teams do not know whether each patient is receiving the treatment or a placebo.

“As we know very well now, vaccinated and vaccinated people are much less likely to be hospitalized or die from the disease,” Bratzler said. “It’s clearly the best way.

“There are a lot of treatments being promoted there. Most of them have not been studied or shown to be effective in clinical trials.

The death rate from COVID is 1.6% worldwide (5.6 million deaths), 1.2% in the United States (882,000 deaths) and 1.4% in Oklahoma (13 000 deaths), Bratzler said. Those percentages don’t seem high, he said, but the death toll from the disease is “really significant” because huge numbers of people have been infected with it.

The good news, he said, is that the majority of people survive COVID infection. So almost whatever treatments or home remedies are taken, for most people, they don’t make a difference, he said.


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