Could Paxlovid treat long Covid? Major new study aims to find out
Paxlovid for long Covid — the only medication people can take at home to treat an active case of Covid — is now being studied as a potential treatment.
Paxlovid — the only medication people can take at home to treat an active case of Covid — is now being studied as a potential treatment for those who have remained sick months or even years following infection.
"There are people out there who are still suffering," said Dr. Linda Geng, the co-director of the Stanford Post-Acute Covid-19 Syndrome Clinic in California. "We need to find effective therapies."
There are no proven treatments for long Covid.
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Geng and her colleagues at Stanford Medicine have embarked on the first clinical trial to test whether Pfizer's Paxlovid may help alleviate symptoms of ongoing fatigue, weakness or brain fog. The antiviral has already been shown to be effective in protecting against severe illness if used within five days of getting sick. It prevents the virus from replicating inside the body.