Last Updated: March 23, 2020
There is active research looking for treatments, but there is no FDA approved treatment for non-hospitalized patients at this time. FDA does have guidelines for hospitalized patients. People infected with this virus, benefit from & recover with supportive care such as rest, fluids, & fever control.
There are currently no medications available to prevent people from getting infected with this virus. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Follow CDC Guidelines How To Protect Yourself which include hand washing, cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, and social distancing.
There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19. The National Institutes of Health is developing a vaccine, but it will not be approved and available for use for at least a year.
There is currently no scientific evidence suggesting that use of ibuprofen can worsen COVID-19. This concern is hypothetical. The World Health Organization (WHO) has made no recommendation against the use of ibuprofen. If you are taking prescription ibuprofen, it is safe to continue taking it for your condition as prescribed by your provider. It is also safe to take either over-the-counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen at recommended doses for short-term use to relieve pain and reduce fever. Discuss with your providers about long-term use of either medication.
It is important for patients who have been prescribed ACE-Is and ARBs to continue their medication! The potential concern of worsening infection is hypothetical. There is currently no scientific evidence suggesting patients diagnosed with COVID-19 taking these medications had any better or worse treatment outcomes, while the benefits of reducing cardiovascular disease are well proven. The American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and Heart Failure Society of America recommends continued treatment as these medications are very important for your heart and your health. Do not stop taking any prescribed medication without first consulting your prescriber!
Yes, these therapies are important to maintain your various health conditions (examples: allergies, asthma, COPD) and should be taken as prescribed by your provider. Do not stop taking any prescribed medication without first consulting your prescriber. Known concerns about corticosteroid use in COVID-19 have only been identified in hospitalized and critically ill patients taking oral corticosteroids.
Given that there is a Public Health Emergency in effect, the requirements for an in-office visit every 3 months have been relaxed to ensure patients have no gaps in obtaining these medications. Please contact your provider’s office 2 weeks before you are due for a refill. In many cases you will be able to have a visit with your provider either by phone or video.
There is no robust clinical evidence that correlates blood types with risk of COVID-19 infection. Currently, your blood type is not a risk factor for COVID-19. We appreciate if you refrain from contacting our offices and/or hospitals to inquire about your blood type as it does not affect how you will be managed if you are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19.
Yes, pharmacies will remain open to fill your medications. Essential retail businesses that are exempt from the mandate to cease storefront operations include pharmacies and other health care services. Many pharmacies are waiving delivery fees to promote social distancing and minimize risk.
Considering COVID-19 targets the lungs, we anticipate patients who smoke or vape tobacco or marijuana to be at increased risk of worse outcomes. Based on the information available and the known impact of smoking on other viral lung infections, it is encouraged to abstain from smoking or vaping tobacco or marijuana to minimize your risk. If you need assistance quitting, please contact your health care provider.