OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – The Douglas County Health Department has begun distributing two new pills to help treat COVID-19.
“One is Paxlovid, and it’s actually a first-line, very effective at preventing serious disease. The other is Molnupiravir, and it’s been shown to be less effective,” said Dr. Anne O’Keefe, senior epidemiologist at Douglas County Health. Dept.
Douglas County Senior Epidemiologist – Dr. Anne O’Keefe says the new treatments should be taken within five days of noticing symptoms, and she says – the pills are not for everyone.
“These pills are for anyone at high risk of developing a serious illness. So we know that older people are at very high risk, people with underlying conditions that could get worse if they get COVID-19,” he said. Dr. O’Keefe.
You will also need a prescription from your doctor to get your fingers on the treatment.
Dr. O’Keefe says it’s crucial that you communicate with your doctor and tell them about any conditions you have.
“Paxlovid has some interactions with other drugs, just because of the way the body metabolizes it, it can interfere with other drugs.”
The state has also received limited supplies of the two drugs, and new shipments come in only every two weeks.
So your doctor will help guide you to the best places to find treatment if you are qualified.
Dr. O’Keefe says these treatments do not take place with the vaccine and that the vaccine remains your best line of defense against COVID-19.
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