Treatment of Coronavirus disease 2019
Treatment of Coronavirus disease 2019 is mainly supportive care, which may include fluid, oxygen support, and supporting other affected vital organs. The WHO and CDC recommend that those who suspect they carry the virus wear a simple face mask. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) has been used to address the issue of respiratory failure, but its benefits are still under consideration.
Some medical professionals recommend paracetamol (acetaminophen) over ibuprofen for first-line use. The WHO does not oppose the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen for symptoms; currently there is no evidence that NSAIDs worsen COVID-19 symptoms. Steroids such as methylprednisolone are not recommended unless the disease is complicated by acute respiratory distress syndrome.
Most cases of COVID 19 are not severe enough to require mechanical ventilation (artificial assistance to support breathing), but some of the cases do. Severe cases are most common in older adults (those older than 60 years and especially those older than 80 years). Around 20-30% of the hospitalized people with pneumonia from COVID19 needed ICU-care for respiratory support.
Is there any coronavirus vaccine near me? There is no specific treatment or vaccine for this disease. Although work on a vaccine has already started by several research groups and pharmaceutical companies worldwide, it may be months to more than a year before a vaccine has been tested and is ready for use in humans.