The first step in being prepared is being informed and tracking updates from trusted sources. Therefore, as your partner in health, Welltopia Pharmacy will post news updates, health recommendations, and expert answers to commonly asked questions regarding this rapidly evolving situation.

National Updates

  • A study by the National Institute of Health (NIH) shows that treatment with the antiviral drug Remdesivir developed by Gilead Science Inc. has reduced lung damage & disease progression in monkeys with COVID-19. Note: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that currently there are no FDA approved drugs to treat COVID-19.
  • An expert panel assembled by the NIH recommends against the use of Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin by doctors to treat COVID-19 patients pending definitive clinical trial data. 
  • In addition to respiratory issues, COVID-19 patients are in danger of blood clots based on clinical observations and new studies. 
  • According to several studies, the virus strain which causes COVID-19 can remain in aerosols for up to 3 hours, up to 24 on cardboard, and 2-3 days on plastic and stainless steel.
  • A new National Institute Of Health (NIH) study will predict the number of undetected COVID-19 cases by testing participants for antibodies to the virus.
  • The U.S. CDC and National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) confirmed the first cases of COVID-19 infections in two pet cats. However, at this time animal testing is not recommended.
  • Find out the latest about each state’s stay-at-home order and when they plan to reopen.

FAQ
Protective Measures

COVID-19 and other illnesses

  • Why worry about coronavirus when the flu kills so many people?

COVID-19 is twice as contagious as the flu, as well as has a much higher mortality rate. Additionally, persons who have contracted COVID-19 may be asymptomatic for up to 14 days, and some may not show symptoms at all during which time they are very contagious. Finally, while a vaccine is available for the flu, it may be long before one becomes available for COVID-19.

More information: https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2020/health/coronavirus-questions-answers/#can-students-expect-to-go-back-to-school-anytime-in-2020

  • Can I have the flu and coronavirus at the same time?

Yes, while they share similar symptoms, testing positive for either doesn’t exempt you from having the other. 

More information: https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2020/health/coronavirus-questions-answers/#can-students-expect-to-go-back-to-school-anytime-in-2020

  • How do I differentiate between seasonal allergies, the flu, and COVID-19?

 

While it is imperative to contact your healthcare provider in such a situation, some indicators that can help you understand your illness.

Source: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/flu-allergies-coronavirus-different-symptoms

Coronavirus Updates and Information

Managing COVID-19 stress

  • Should I be afraid?

While it is important to stay vigilant, if one is knowledgeable on how to maintain and improve our health from here on, this can become a period of growth.

Coronavirus Updates and Information

New Discoveries on COVID-19

  • Can COVID-19 impact the brain?

Yes, clinical evidence is showing that COVID-19 may impact the brain. Patients have reported neurological symptoms such as loss of taste & smell, headaches, skeletal muscular injury, and impaired consciousness. Additionally, doctors are noticing a rise in strokes. 

Source:https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaneurology/fullarticle/2764549

More information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZ6XBHaAFBg

  • Can Famotidine (Pepcid) help treat COVID-19?

While a clinical trial is currently being conducted on the effect of intravenous Famotidine treatments on COVID-19 patients, there are no verified results. Therefore, there is no evidence that it is an effective treatment. 

Source:https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/04/new-york-clinical-trial-quietly-tests-heartburn-remedy-against-coronavirus

COVID-19 and our pets

  • Can animals contract COVID-19? 

Yes, multiple COVID-19 animal cases have emerged. Research is showing that animals are susceptible to the infection with cats being more vulnerable than dogs. 

Source: https://science.sciencemag.org/content/sci/early/2020/04/07/science.abb7015.full.pdf

Source: https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/28/us/coronavirus-us-pug-wellness-trnd/index.html

  • Can animals spread COVID-19 infections to people?

At this time there is no evidence that any animals can spread the infection to people. 

  • How can I protect my pet if I am diagnosed with COVID-19?

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Centers for Disease COntrol and Prevention (CDC), until more information is known about the virus, individuals sick with COVID-19 should also separate themselves from their pets. They should avoid contact, and when possible find another person to care for them in the meantime. 

Source: https://vetmed.illinois.edu/pet_column/coronavirus-pets/

Coronavirus Updates and Information