Which medicine works best for Covid-19 treatment? WHO answers

Very few children have become critically ill with Covid-19, but severe symptoms like chest pains can occur.

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Last Updated on January 19, 2022 by The Health Master

Healthcare experts around the world tout vaccinations and adherence to Covid-appropriate behavior as being paramount to the fight against the coronavirus.

For those infected, it is equally important to know your best treatment options — the right medicines and drugs that have been effective in reducing mortality, hospitalization, and ventilation.

As per the World Health Organization (WHO), the following drugs can be used for COVID-19 treatment:

  • Baricitinib
  • Ruxolitinib,
  • Tofacitinib,
  • Sotrovimab,
  • Casirivimab-imdevimab,
  • Tocilizumab,
  • Sarilumab.

While baricitinib, tocilizumab, or sarilumab are highly recommended for treatment, roxolitinib, tofacitinib, sotrovimab, and casirivimab-imdevimab are usually given either as a substitute or only under certain circumstances.

Meanwhile, the use of following medicines are not currently recommended due to a lack of proof for their usage being beneficial or the medicines still being under clinical trials:

  • Ivermectin,
  • Hydroxychloroquine,
  • Lopinavir/ritonavir,
  • Remdesivir .

So far, the use of casirivimab and imdevimab for children has been recommended, as per the WHO. Tocilizumab is also recommended for kids.

Very few children have become critically ill with Covid-19, but severe symptoms like chest pains can occur.

However, as previously mentioned, vaccination still remains our best weapon against the coronavirus.

“Vaccination is having a substantial impact on case numbers and hospitalizations in a number of high-income countries, but limitations in global access to vaccines mean that many populations remain vulnerable,” the WHO says.

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