“Lovers told to avoid ‘deep kissing’ and to take antigen tests before having sex.”
These factors were:
- The level of coronavirus RNA in the patient’s blood.
- The presence of certain autoantibodies.
- The reactivation of the EBV.
- Having type 2 diabetes.
Efficacy of Ivermectin Treatment on Disease Progression Among Adults With Mild to Moderate COVID-19 and Comorbidities
The I-TECH Randomized Clinical Trial
Oral ivermectin 400 mcg/kg daily for five days did not prevent progression to severe disease, defined as a requirement of supplemental oxygen at achieve oxygen saturation of at least 95%. The study included ~250 folks on ivermectin versus the “standard care” comparison group. The definition of an adequate oxygen saturation level is a matter of debate among physician experts. Where I work, you’re generally not going to be admitted to the hospital or given supplemental oxygen if your O2 sat is under 92. Other physicians or institutions worry if your O2 sat is 94% or less, and define “severe” COVID-19 as having an O2 sat 94% or less.
Note that your oxygen saturation via pulse oximeter falls as you gain elevation above sea level. For instance, at 7349 feet (2240 meters) of elevation, average oxygen saturation is 87%. Healthy folks often go to that elevation and do note need supplemental oxygen.
The study authors conclude:
In this randomized clinical trial of high-risk patients with mild to moderate COVID-19, ivermectin treatment during early illness did not prevent progression to severe disease. The study findings do not support the use of ivermectin for patients with COVID-19.
Steve Parker, M.D.