Las Vegas doctors are currently studying the concept of home-based treatments for COVID-19 patients: medicine to assist people in recovering and healing at home.
After a year-long global issue of overcrowded hospitals, doctors are finally looking into administering treatments for COVID-19 to patients at the comfort of their own homes. They are also searching for people to participate in their trials.
This alternative treatment could be used in lower-risk COVID-19 patients, like younger ones, to help avoid hospital confinement and viral transmission.
Current COVID-19 Treatments and Experiments
Currently, a monoclonal antibody cocktail and Remdesivir are the only available COVID-19 treatments, which are also usually given to patients in hospitals. Moreover, patients who suffered from flu-like symptoms like fever, sniffles, body aches, cough, and more found that doctors couldn’t really prescribe much to help recovery, apart from alleviating the symptoms.
Participants for Trials
To begin trials, Las Vegas Medical Research needs 220 participants at least 18 years old and older. They will undergo an outpatient treatment study on monoclonal antibodies, which is under the Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV) of the National Institute of Health’s public-private partnership in developing a collaborated research for strategies of treatments and vaccines.
In the study, the participants will be divided into two groups. Of the total participants, 110 will undergo the investigational antibodies treatment, while the other 110 participants will undergo a placebo.
People are eligible if they:
- Are 18 years or older
- Must have tested positive for COVID-19 within 10 days of registering
- Must have experienced symptoms within 8 days of registering
People are ineligible if they:
- Are patients who experienced COVID-19 symptoms longer than 6 days
- Are those with severe symptoms
According to Mocherla, volunteers need to be people who just got the symptoms as that’s the time that treatments are the most effective. Moreover, severe cases tend to be unresponsive to treatment; thus, only volunteers with mild to moderate cases are eligible.
Other Research Details
The study explores various treatment modalities that include the following:
- intramuscular injection
- rapid infusion
- oral agent
Besides these modalities, it is worth noting that the company will provide free medical and follow-up care for the participants who will undergo the investigational antibodies treatment of their trials.
Las Vegas Medical Research on Alternative Treatments
According to Dr. Bharat Mocherla, a member of the Las Vegas Medical Research, more research is needed to fight the further transmission of the COVID-19 virus and its variants to put an end to the pandemic. He further adds that having alternative treatments ready will safeguard the country and providers from being overwhelmed in cases of increased hospitalizations due to the virus.
Dr. Mocherla says, “We have the new variants coming up, and we need to advance the treatments.” This is due to the possibilities of existing treatments that might become obsolete in the future. By doing research, he says that we can stay ahead of the situation by being ready for the next waves to hit.
For more information or to enroll, below are the necessary details: