Ivermectin warnings, a new COVID-19 antiviral, a changing threshold for care: These are the WHO’s updated treatment guidelines – CTV

Nov. 10, 2023

The World Health Organization (WHO) has updated its guidelines(opens in a new tab) for the treatment of COVID-19 patients, including categories of hospitalization risk to help doctors tailor treatment, and recommendations surrounding a new antiviral designed specifically to tackle the disease.

The new guidelines released Thursday evening include detailed recommendations for different drugs based on whether patients with non-severe cases of COVID-19 have a low, moderate or high risk for hospitalization.

The guidelines also adjust hospitalization risk thresholds, which could also make it easier for people with non-severe COVID-19 to get access to medication to treat their infection.

The threshold for considering whether a drug is worth prescribing to a patient with a mild case has been lowered from a six per cent reduction in hospitalization to a 1.5 per cent reduction.

The guidelines also go over drugs the WHO does not recommend, including new warnings for ivermectin.

Read more: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/ivermectin-warnings-a-new-covid-19-antiviral-a-changing-threshold-for-care-these-are-the-who-s-updated-treatment-guidelines-1.6638131

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