Cocktail therapy offering promising results in treatment of Covid-19 | Mangaluru News – Times of India


MANGALURU: For many Covid-19 patients, anti-body cocktail therapy appears to hold the promise of a cure, and is being touted as a gamechanger by some of the stakeholders in the medical community.
“It could be the solution we are seeking,” said Dr Deepak Madi, consultant-physician at Kasturba Medical College in Mangaluru.
Dr Madi said that the patient testing positive for the novel coronavirus, if treated using the anti-body cocktail therapy when still in the preliminary stage of the infection, would not need to hospitalisation. “This treatment will help prevent the patient’s condition from deteriorating,” he added.
He added that the anti-body cocktail could be used in the form of post-exposure prophylaxis for adults, in whom the chances of the infection progressing were high.
“This will help patients not fully vaccinated mount an adequate immune response. However, the therapy is no substitute for the Covid vaccination,” Dr Madi said.
Pointing to the promising results they had achieved using the therapy, Dr Madi added, “It has helped lower the number of patients requiring hospitalisation, and reduce fatality by nearly 70%. It has also pushed the duration of the symptoms to just four days in the case of patients, in whom the infection is mild. The therapy has reduced risk of symptomatic infection by nearly 81% when used in post-exposure prophylaxis treatment among those who share the same house as the Covid patient.”
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