If you have an early infection for COVID-19, your best chance to avoid getting sicker is to stay out of the hospital, suggests a report in the American Journal of Medicine.
In the August 7 article, the authors, led by Peter McCullough, M.D., M.P.H., present a new treatment protocol for the disease (see graph).
“The rapidity and highly communicable nature of the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak has hampered the design and execution of definitive randomized, controlled trials of therapy outside of the clinic or hospital,” the authors write. “In the absence of clinical trial results, physicians must use what has been learned about the pathophysiology of SARS-CoV-2 infection in determining the early outpatient treatment of the illness with the aim of preventing hospitalization or death.”
The article presents a flowchart showing the course of treatment for confirmed COVID-19 cases. Self-quarantine at home and allowing plenty of fresh air to reduce re-inoculation, along with zinc lozenges and hydroxychloroquine with an antibiotic is the course for most healthy people, according to the report. Those with worsening symptoms could continue to recover at home with antiviral drugs, and steroids, the authors write.
The advice of getting plenty of fresh air is no surprise to Jane Orient, M.D., executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (see commentary, page 21). “The outdoor light and sunlight are a cleansing mechanism,” Orient said on The Heartland Daily Podcast, September 3. “Germs deteriorate quickly in the atmosphere.”