The Omicron variant is spreading like wildfire across the US and Europe, according to the reported data. Finding new ways of tackling the COVID pandemic can only be exhilarating.
According to Aljazeera.com, the World Health Organization (WHO) has added two more drugs as recommended treatments for the coronavirus. The recommendations come after seven trials were made upon over 4,000 patients who were suffering from different levels of COVID illness.
Baricitinib and corticosteroids are the newly-approved drugs
Patients suffering from severe or critical illness due to COVID infection are now advised to take baricitinib in combination with corticosteroids. The former is a drug also used for treating rheumatoid arthritis, and it can improve the patients’ chances of survival without posing an increase in advert reactions. Last but not last, the need for ventilation will also be reduced if someone undergoes the treatment.
Dr Márcio da Fonseca, who is an infectious disease medical adviser for the MSF Access Campaign, declared as quoted by Aljazeera.com:
For nearly two years, we have helplessly witnessed people dying of COVID-19 amid catastrophic waves of disease. In countries where MSF works,
The possibilities for providing high-level intensive care are limited, so saving more lives of people with severe and critical infections relies heavily on having access to affordable medicines that we can add to the steroids, oxygen and close supportive care that we already provide in our projects. As new treatments emerge, it will be simply inhumane if they remain unavailable in resource-limited settings, just because they are patented and too expensive.
Worldometers.info informs about how much the COVID pandemic is spreading. For instance, yesterday, January 13, over 3.2 million infections were reported worldwide. For the same day, the USA reported more than 800,000 COVID infections and almost 2,000 deaths.
It’s difficult to say when the COVID pandemic will end. Hopefully, Omicron will be the last strain.