New cases of COVID infections are surging and in the U.S. are at the highest levels of the pandemic. The fast-spreading Omicron variant is fueling this acceleration according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and many people are wondering what prevention or treatment options are recommended.
The CDC and FDA recommend vaccines and booster shots as by far the best strategy to prevent preventive severe illness, hospitalizations, and death from COVID. They also recommend N-95 masks (and NOT cloth masks) for protection — emphasizing protection, fit, and comfort. When it comes to wearing masks, the CDC now says:
In a recent health advisory, the CDC notes that there are treatments available for preventing and treating COVID-19 in specific at-risk populations—such as patients with:
The advisory notes that these medications differ in efficacy, route of administration, risk profile, FDA authorization status, and availability. The advisory is intended to help familiarize physicians and other clinicians with what therapeutics are available, understand how and when to prescribe them, recognize contraindications, and how to prioritize their use when faced with supply constraints.
These therapeutics include:
Approved outpatient therapies are compared here.
The advisory details their effectiveness and also provides strategies for these high-risk groups.
The CDC and FDA do not recommend:
There’s more information here:
Of course, you’ll always want to discuss your and your family’s options with your family physician.
This blog was accurate as of the day of posting. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly evolves and the scientific community’s understanding of the novel coronavirus and the COVID vaccine develops, the information above may have changed since it was last updated. While I aim to keep all of my blogs on COVID and the COVID vaccine up to date, please visit online resources provided by the CDC, WHO, and your local public health department to stay informed on the latest news.
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