Early Home Treatment for COVID-19 Explained
On November 18, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons released a “Guide to Home-Based COVID Treatment,” co-authored by Jane Orient, MD, Internal Medicine; Peter McCullough, MD, MPH, Cardiologist and Epidemiologist and Elizabeth Lee Vliet, MD, Preventive Medicine. AAPS’s business manager, Jeremy Snavely, was also involved, as a technical editor.
In the introduction, the authors state that the guide “is built on the rapidly accumulating peer-reviewed published medical research, written by practicing physicians with decades of experience treating patients with all kinds of illnesses.”
It provides “a step-by-step guide to medically sound early treatments that have a reasonable probability of success in this emergency pandemic. There are oral medications that are approved for other conditions, but not yet proven to be efficacious specifically for COVID-19 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.”
The guide puts the “focus on the pillar of early, ambulatory, home-based medical treatment overseen by your physician, using a combination of available medicines, already FDA-approved for other medical conditions, and widely used in clinical medicine every day.”
“We have learned more about what medicines work, how to use them, when to use them, who is most at risk, and what strategies work. Please read this with an open mind.”
“We are writing this to HELP you, to TEACH you how to work with your doctor. As physicians, we know we need to focus now on early treatment as the most immediate way to reduce hospitalizations and death.”
“This is your guide to help you know your options, and to use with your personal physician.”
The guide is 26 pages long and goes through questions such as “What should I do first?”, “What are the symptoms of COVID?”, “Should I Get a COVID Test?”, and “What To Expect at Your Physician Consultation?”
The guide is geared towards a US audience but of course is applicable anywhere in the world.
The guide recognizes that many jurisdictions do not recommend early treatment and may have restrictions regarding the prescription or dispensation of the typically cheap, generic drugs, with a very well known safety profile, needed for treatments.
The guide links to a list of medical practices in the US known to offer early treatment for COVID-19.
Two telemedicine resources are also indicated: http://SpeakWithAnMd.com and http://FrontlineMDs.com
Now, since most people are not familiar with the early treatment of COVID-19, this may seem a bit overwhelming, especially as most medical doctors and health systems, to this day, do not offer early treatment for COVID-19.
To understand what this guide is all about, Peter Breggin, MD, a well known radio and TV personality, invited Dr Elizabeth Lee Vliet on his The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour, on Nov 18.
Dr Breggin and Dr Vliet go through the guide in very clear terms, so that everyone can understand, in an hour, the importance of early treatment and of this guide.
“This is a life-saving presentation!” … “Doctors are becoming afraid to treat patients until they’re hospitalized!” … “We will discuss some of the many good preventive and early treatments that are in fact available for COVID-19.” writes Dr Breggin in the description of the video.
So enjoy this must watch interview, and please share it with anyone at risk of COVID-19.
And of course, download AAPS’s guide, which is free of charge. A Guide to Home-Based COVID Treatment