News about the latest Covid-19 research emerges so rapidly, it can be overwhelming to attempt to understand it all. Drip Hydration is here to help you understand why the latest update from Georgia State University (GSU) could be so impactful, and what suppressing Covid-19 transmission could look like in the future.
What is the GSU Covid-19 study?
GSU’s Institute for Biomedical Sciences announced a new oral drug, Molnupiravir, is in clinical trials for suppressing the transmission of Covid-19. The antiviral drug was discovered to completely suppress the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 within 24 hours.
What does this mean? Do you still need a Covid-19 vaccine?
Let’s talk about the differences:
- The Covid-19 vaccine will be given to people to prevent them from getting infected. The vaccine essentially teaches a non-infected body’s immune system how to fight Covid-19, so that if exposed in the future, your body can fight off the virus. Vaccines are typically given as shots, and most of the Covid-19 vaccines in development require 2 shots, spaced a couple weeks apart.
- Molnupiravir would be given to people who test positive for Covid-19. The pill does not kill Covid-19, but rather prevents it from replicating within an infected person’s body in as little as 24 hours. This means that the infected person is less likely to spread the virus, as well as reducing the impact Covid-19 has on the sick person’s body.
While suppressing Covid-19 transmission is not a replacement for a vaccine in stopping the pandemic, it could serve as a powerful tool in slowing its spread and reducing the burden on hospitals and health care workers. This would be especially valuable as there is currently not enough vaccine stock available for everyone.
When will the Covid-19 suppression drug be available?
Currently, there is no set date for Molnupiravir to become available to the general public. GSU researchers have stated that the drug is in Stage II/III clinical trials, which means it is currently being tested on humans.
While there are 4 phases of clinical trials required before a drug is FDA-approved, it’s important to note the huge cascade of funds and resources being directed towards Covid-19 research versus an average drug trying to make it to market. This means the trials may be conducted more quickly, and the drug could be available sooner than other drugs currently at the same phase.
What should I do until vaccines and drugs to suppress Covid-19 transmission hit the market?
The best thing you can do until vaccines and Covid-19 suppressants are widely available is follow health experts’ advice to avoid and stop the spread of infection.
Practice social distancing, wear a mask, and frequently wash your hands as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You should also practice caution when visiting public places such as bars and restaurants in Atlanta, as we discuss in depth here.
When should I get tested?
If you learn you have been exposed to Covid-19, or if you are having Covid-19 symptoms, you should isolate yourself and arrange for a test. We have linked some important information for any Atlanta resident who believes they may have Covid-19 and needs a test:
Drip Hydration Can Help You Suppress The Transmission Of Covid-19 In Atlanta
Researchers agree testing is important to stop the spread of Covid-19. While many may immediately dismiss in-home testing services as an option due to cost, there is no denying the benefits and convenience. We offer group discounts (up to 5 people per visit) and PPO insurance holders may be able to get partial reimbursement for our services.
With as little as 24 hours notice, you can book an appointment online for one of our nurses to visit your home and administer a Covid-19 test for up to 5 people. In the event that you test positive, our medical professionals will provide guidance as to your next steps. Contact us today!