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What are mAb Therapies for COVID-19 Treatments and Who is Eligible?

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), the causative agent of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), has claimed millions of lives at a scale not seen for nearly 100 years. To treat COVID-19, there has been an unprecedented global effort to advance monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapies against SARS-CoV-2 as therapeutics because no specific treatment for COVID-19 existed when the pandemic first began. Amongst the various potential therapeutic interventions, antiviral mAbs represent one of the most promising forms of treatment due to their long-lasting track record of human...

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Treatment for Mild or Breakthrough Cases

Treatment for Mild or Breakthrough Cases

The COVID-19 virus spreads by close person-to-person contact (6 feet for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) via respiratory droplets (coughing, sneezing, singing, exercising, or talking) and direct contact with contaminated surfaces. Most people with mild clinical presentation can rest at home until they get better and start symptomatic supportive treatment like hydration, over-the-counter antipyretics, analgesics, or antitussives for fever, headache, myalgias, or cough, respectively. Quarantine at home for 14 days (incubation period) is crucial for healthy individuals after the last...

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National Drug Take Back Day

Recognizing National Drug Take Back Day this October

Take a moment to visualize your home medicine cabinet. Are there pill bottles sitting on the shelves that have been collecting dust for years? Are there bottles with partially torn or faded labels that could unintentionally be taken instead of your current medications? For many people, their home medicine cabinet can easily become a museum of ailments past. However, prescription medications are anything but exhibits. In the wrong hands, they can be dangerous or even deadly. Properly disposing of unwanted, unused, or expired prescription drugs can be one of the most important steps you can take...

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Difference Between “Isolation” and “Quarantine”

Breaking Down the Difference Between “Isolation” and “Quarantine”

At this point in the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be feeling a bit confused or hazy when it comes to all pandemic-related terminology. Our collective understanding of the SARS-CoV-2 virus—and the COVID-19 illness that it causes—has grown tremendously over the past eighteen months. Everyone has endured a steep learning curve when it comes to our mastery of virology and pandemic behavior. However, not all of the terms that we have become so accustomed to hearing mean the same thing. This is particularly true when it comes to the terms “isolation” and “quarantine.” Knowing the difference between...

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Booster Vaccine Clarification

Booster Vaccine Clarification

If you’re confused about whether you should get the COVID-19 booster shot, you’re not alone. As soon as the first booster vaccine was granted emergency use authorization (EUA) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a flurry of varying expert opinions about who should receive the booster followed in quick succession. Here’s what you need to know about the Pfizer-BioNTech booster vaccine, including who should get the booster and what to anticipate with booster shots moving forward.

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Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines in Pregnant Women

Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines in Pregnant Women

Pregnancy can bring forth the joy of future motherhood, along with concerns and questions about how to best support growing life. Being pregnant can also cause many different challenges as a woman’s body undergoes physiologic changes. All organ systems are affected during pregnancy, including the immune system. To prevent the body from rejecting the developing baby, the mother’s immune system changes, but further research is needed to know the extent of these changes. This does not necessarily mean that a mother’s immune system is weaker, but the developing baby can be at risk of preterm birth...

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Don’t Lose Sight of the COVID- 19 Finish Line

Don’t Lose Sight of the COVID- 19 Finish Line

Summer has arrived in the U.S. and Americans are shedding more than their spring jackets. This year, many Americans are eager to let go of the masks and other personal protective items they have been wearing diligently for the past 15 months. However, along with masks, public health officials worry that other important COVID-19 measures—such as general conscientiousness and vaccine enthusiasm—are being discarded prematurely, leaving unvaccinated citizens at risk. Keeping COVID-19 Messaging at The Forefront It has always been difficult for even the most important issues of the day to remain...

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