There’s no vaccine for the COVID-19 coronavirus. And still no home-run drug treatments yet either.
So creative scientists and doctors are trying all kinds of approaches to try to figure out how to help people experiencing some of the worst effects of this infection.
And according to a series of reports out of Europe one of those is a new, complimentary therapy that when added to existing treatments might have the potential to help.
The research is early. And we definitely need to see more of it before we start to blow up the balloons and celebrate.
But doctors at hospitals in Udine, Italy, and Ibiza, Spain are cautiously trying it.
It’s not a cure, of course. But when added to other therapies may potentially be a way to help stop patients from quickly getting sicker.
And the most surprising part is it ISN’T a new drug.
Coronavirus patients can decline quickly
Scientists are STILL mystified by the difference.
For most people, COVID-19 proceeds like a VERY nasty flu. They get sick… for days or even weeks… following a pretty common and well-known arc for respiratory infections: high fever, lots of misery, eventual recovery.
But for one smaller group of patients, it takes a turn. Somewhere around a week in, their health rapidly declines and respiratory failure often rapidly sets in.
What makes it so much worse is that some patients SEEM like they’re in that first group. They actually start to improve. Then it hits hard and fast.
Now, some doctors in Europe hope to find a way to help apply the brakes on that rapid decline using complimentary therapies. And ozone therapy which is designed to improve oxygen delivery is on the list.
After being tested in several cases, an actual study would be the next step.
Could ozone be used as a complimentary COVID-19 therapy?
Several news outlets reported on the case of one man in a hospital in Spain who was diagnosed with the coronavirus and received a round of ozone therapy.
His doctors were encouraged enough by the results to try it with other patients. And they’re currently planning a clinical trial.
According to news reports some doctors in Italy reported a drop in the percentage of ventilators needed after testing ozone therapy. And in a case study doctors from Tianjin University reported on using the therapy with a COVID-19 patient who recovered from the infection.
Of course, ozone therapy isn’t something you can do on your own. And if you’re sick, don’t go out looking for ozone therapy instead of care at the hospital or anywhere else you’re instructed to go.
But if you’re in the hospital… or have a loved one who is… you can ask the doctors on staff if they have it available, if it’s an option, and if they’re aware of the research. They might consider giving it a try.