Registered nurse Stephanie Mundo conducts a COVID-19 test at the Abyssinian Baptist Church, Wednesday, May 13, 2020, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York.

SCIENCE & TECH:
COVID-19 need to be dealt with earlier to conserve lives, researchers recommend

Contagious illness professionals are prompting earlier medical diagnosis and treatment versus COVID-19 in order to minimize hospitalizations and deaths.

Scientists from UW Medication and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Proving ground detailed their method in an evaluation short article released Tuesday in Open Forum Infectious Diseases.

“Without a vaccine, the best way to keep people out of the hospital and potentially dying from COVID-19 is to diagnose and treat early,” lead author Joshua Schiffer, a doctor and scientist in Fred Hutchinson’s Vaccine and Contagious Illness Department, stated in a statement.

“We’ve seen similar strategies for other infectious diseases like HIV, Ebola and influenza significantly lower transmission rates and mortality and believe it would have the same types of benefits for COVID-19,” he included.

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Registered nurse Stephanie Mundo performs a COVID-19 test at the Abyssinian Baptist Church, Wednesday, Might 13, 2020, in the Harlem community of New york city.
(( AP Photo/Mary Altaffer))

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A bulk of the scientific trials examining prospective treatments are dealing with clients who are currently hospitalized for the SARS-CoV-2 infection.

“Given that the median time between development of symptoms and need for hospitalization is a week, a golden opportunity to intervene early is being missed,” the authors composed in the paper’s abstract.

The method laid out by the scientists consists of 4 primary locations:

  • Extensively offered house screening with nasal self-swabbing.
  • Smaller sized, quick research studies utilizing viral-shedding metrics and signs to determine danger of illness development.
  • The capability to securely provide treatments to contaminated clients’ houses.
  • Consisting of disproportionately impacted minority and underserved neighborhoods.

“For many other viral infections, early treatment soon after development of symptoms is associated with decreased mortality, lower hospitalization rates and lower likelihood of transmission to others,” the scientists stated in the abstract.

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Since Tuesday, there were more than 2.1 million infections and 116,700 deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S.

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