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This antidepressant may keep COVID-19 patients out of hospital


November 30, 2020

Elizabeth Flores – Associated Press

People stood in line to make their way through the new saliva COVID-19 testing site at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020.

An anxiety-fighting drug that has been on the market for decades could turn out to be a potent weapon in the fight against COVID-19.

Early-stage research published in a major journal this month found the antidepressant fluvoxamine may prevent patients with COVID-19 from needing hospital care.

The findings are strong, but preliminary. According to a report in JAMA, no one who took the drug for two weeks soon after being diagnosed with COVID developed serious breathing problems, vs. 8% on a placebo who had shortness of breath and low oxygen levels. The study involved 152 people.


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