Published April 14, 2022
After a period of decline in COVID-19 cases, we are now seeing another increase locally and across parts of New York State.
Fueled by the upcoming spring holidays, providers with UBMD Physicians’ Group are urging patients to stay vigilant, especially if part of a high-risk population.
If you’re within 5 days of symptom onset, your medical provider may prescribe Paxlovid or Molnupiravir; both of which are antiviral pills that may reduce your chance of severe illness or hospitalization. Your doctor will ask you several questions and review your medical history to determine if one of these medications is right for you. Be sure to discuss your current prescriptions with your doctor and pharmacist as Paxlovid has several drug interactions. Molnupiravir is not recommended for those pregnant, trying to get pregnant or breastfeeding.
If you are within 7 days of symptom onset, you may be eligible for Monoclonal Antibody Therapy (mAb) or IV Remdesivir.
The use of early treatment care, such as with Paxlovid and Molnupiravir, will reduce symptom duration and the development of severe disease, hospitalization and death.
In addition to masking and practicing social distancing, you can talk to your provider about Evusheld, which is an injection series that can be used to prevent a COVID-19 infection in high-risk patients for up to three months.
The immunocompromised and the unvaccinated, especially those who are 60 years of age or older, and those with underlying health conditions.
A complete list of those considered high risk is available on the CDC’s website, but a few of note are:
It’s especially important for this population to get vaccinated, as well as everyone in the household and those most frequently in contact with. Pregnant women who get Covid-19 have increased risks of complications and death. If diagnosed with COVID-19 during pregnancy, you should see your obstetrician as soon as possible. Intervention will depend on a variety of factors including underlying conditions such as gestational diabetes, etc.
If you are not vaccinated, you are at high-risk of getting COVID-19 regardless of your age. Regardless of age, if you have one of the high-risk conditions listed on the CDC’s website, you will be at an even higher risk of serious illness, hospitalization and death if you are unvaccinated versus those who are vaccinated.
Those on immunosuppressant drugs may have a decreased ability to fight an infection or may not have had an ideal response to the COVID-19 vaccine.
Previous pandemic waves have suggested that those 60+ are more at-risk for severe complications from COVID-19.