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Generic Name: ivermectin
Brand Name: Stromectol
Drug Class: Anthelmintics
What is ivermectin, and what is it used for?
Ivermectin is an antiworm (anthelmintic) medication used to treat intestinal strongyloidiasis and river blindness (onchocerciasis), types of diseases caused by parasitic roundworm (nematode) infestations. Ivermectin belongs to the drug class avermectins, a group of broad-spectrum antiparasitic agents, and is used off-label in the treatment of many types of worm and mite infections.
Intestinal strongyloidiasis is caused by the larvae of Strongyloides stercoralis, which are present in the soil in free form, and penetrate the skin when people come into contact with them. The larvae migrate through the bloodstream into the lungs from where they get coughed up and swallowed, and reach the intestines, to grow into adult worms and lay eggs. The eggs hatch and the newly hatched larvae are shed in the stools, but some of the larvae reenter the colon and cause auto reinfection. Strongyloidiasis is prevalent in tropical and subtropical regions of the world and is also reported during the summer months in temperate regions.
River blindness is caused by Onchocerca volvulus species of nematodes, and is transmitted by the bite of infected blackflies, a type of biting insect found near fast-flowing streams in tropical regions in Africa, a few countries in South America, and Yemen. When a blackfly bites an infected human, the larvae get into the fly, develop inside, migrate to its proboscis, and get into the next human the infected blackfly bites. The larvae mature into adults, live in fibrous nodules under the skin, mate and reproduce, and can cause blindness if they get into the eyes.
Ivermectin binds to the parasite’s nerve and muscle cell membranes and increases their permeability to chloride ions, leading to paralysis and death of the parasites. Ivermectin can kill only the intestinal stages of the Strongyloides stercoralis worms, and the larvae stage of Onchocerca volvulus, but not the adult Onchocerca worms, which have to be surgically removed from the subcutaneous tissue.
Ivermectin was developed as a veterinary anthelmintic, but is also used to treat humans as well. The two formulations are different and humans should not use the veterinary formulation, the dosage can be highly toxic to humans. The FDA has not authorized or approved ivermectin for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19 in people or animals. Current data do not show evidence of safety and efficacy of ivermectin for these indications.
Uses of ivermectin include:
- Intestinal strongyloidiasis caused by Strongyloides stercoralis
- Onchocerciasis/river blindness caused by Onchocerca volvulus
Off-label uses include:
- Head lice infestation (pediculosis capitis)
- Eye-lid inflammation (blepharitis) caused by Demodex folliculorum mites
- Ascariasis cause by intestinal roundworm Ascaris lumbricoides
- Filariasis caused by Mansonella ozzardi or Mansonella streptocerca
- Scabies caused by Sarcoptes scabiei
- Gnathostomiasis caused by Gnathostoma spinigerum
- Cutaneous larva migrans caused by hookworms
- Trichuriasis caused by whipworms, Trichuris trichiura
- Filariasis caused by Wuchereria bancrofti
- Do not use ivermectin in patients who are hypersensitive to any of its components
- Ivermectin used in the treatment of onchocerciasis may cause severe allergic response known as Mazzotti reaction with symptoms such as skin rash, hives, itching, fever, lymph node swelling, and inflammations in eye or joints; patient should be monitored for such reactions and treated with supportive care
- Neurotoxicity has been reported with the use of ivermectin treatment in onchocerciasis; if neurological symptoms develop, discontinue therapy and provide supportive care
- There are rare reports of patients with onchocerciasis who are also infected with eyeworm (Loa loa) developing brain disease (encephalopathy) spontaneously or with ivermectin treatment; use with caution in patients who have had exposure to Loa loa-endemic areas, after pretreatment assessment for loiasis, and monitor after therapy
- Repeated stool examination is necessary to establish clearance of infection in strongyloidiasis
- Ivermectin does not kill the adult Onchocerca volvulus worms; repeated follow-up and retreatment are required
- There have been rare reports of increased blood clotting time; avoid concurrent use with blood thinners such as warfarin
- Immunocompromised patients may require repeated treatment and suppressive therapy to control extraintestinal strongyloidiasis
What are the side effects of ivermectin?
Common side effects of ivermectin include:
- Mazzotti reaction in treatment of onchocerciasis including:
- Itching (pruritus)
- Rash with raised lesions (papular rash)
- Rash with pustules (pustular rash)
- Hives (urticaria)
- Skin (swelling) edema
- Joint pain (arthralgia)
- Inflammation of the synovial membrane on joints (synovitis)
- Enlargement and tenderness of lymph nodes in:
- Armpits (axillary nodes)
- Neck (cervical nodes)
- Groin (inguinal nodes)
- Ophthalmic reactions including:
Less common side effects of ivermectin include:
- Abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite (anorexia)
- Elevated levels of liver enzymes AST and ALT
- Decrease in white cell count
- Increase in hemoglobin
- Increase in eosinophil immune cell count (eosinophilia)
- Low red blood cell count (anemia)
- Low count of leukocyte immune cells (leukopenia)
- Weakness (asthenia)
- Drowsiness (somnolence)
- Muscle pain (myalgia)
- Peripheral edema
- Facial edema
- Drop in blood pressure when getting up after sitting or lying down (orthostatic hypotension)
- Rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
Rare side effects of ivermectin include:
- Abnormal sensation in the eyes
- Eyelid edema
- Inflammation of various tissues in the eyes including:
- Conjunctival hemorrhage (with onchocerciasis)
- Loss of vision
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Worsening of bronchial asthma
- Severe skin reactions such as:
- Toxic epidermal necrolysis
- Stevens-Johnson syndrome
- Depression of central nervous system
- Impaired coordination, balance, and speech (ataxia)
- Brain damage (encephalopathy)
- Liver inflammation (hepatitis)
- Elevation of bilirubin
This is not a complete list of all side effects or adverse reactions that may occur from the use of this drug.
Call your doctor for medical advice about serious side effects or adverse reactions. You may also report side effects or health problems to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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What are the dosages of ivermectin?
- 3 g
Adult and pediatric:
Strongyloidiasis of the Intestinal Tract
- Under 15 kg: Safety and efficacy not established
- 15-24 kg: 3 mg orally once
- 25-35 kg: 6 mg orally once
- 36-50 kg: 9 mg orally once
- 51-65 kg: 12 mg orally once
- 66-79 kg: 15 mg orally once
- Over 80 kg: 200 mcg/kg orally once
- In general repeat doses are not necessary. Perform stool examinations to verify eradication of infection.
River Blindness (Onchocerciasis)
- Under 15 kg: Safety and efficacy not established
- 15-25 kg: 3 mg orally; may repeat in 3-12 months
- 26-44 kg: 6 mg orally; may repeat in 3-12 months
- 45-64 kg: 9 mg orally; may repeat in 3-12 months
- 65-84 kg: 12 mg orally; may repeat in 3-12 months
- 85 kg and greater: 150 mcg/kg orally; may repeat in 3-12 months
- Note: Does not treat adult worms (must be surgically excised)
Head Lice (Pediculosis capitis)
- 200 mcg/kg orally once; may require 1-2 additional doses repeated after 7 days
Blepharitis (Demodex folliculorum)
- 200 mcg/kg orally once as a single dose, THEN repeat dose once in 7 days
Filariasis Due to Mansonella ozzardi
- 6 mg orally as a single dose
Filariasis Due to Mansonella streptocera
- 150 mcg/kg as single dose
Scabies Due to Sarcoptes scabiel
- Immunocompromised patients: 200 mcg/kg as a single dose; may repeat in 14 days if necessary
Gnathostomiasis Due to Gnathostoma spinigerum
- 200 mcg/kg as a single dose
- Take on an empty stomach
- Monitor: Stool exams (strongyloidiasis)
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- Overdose of ivermectin can cause gastrointestinal symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain, breathing difficulties, and neurological symptoms that can include seizure, dizziness, weakness, and blindness.
- Overdose is treated with symptomatic and supportive care that may include intravenous fluids, electrolytes, and respiratory support.
- Any undigested drug in the gastrointestinal tract may be eliminated with induced vomiting, gastric lavage, and purgatives.
What drugs interact with ivermectin?
Inform your doctor of all medications you are currently taking, who can advise you on any possible drug interactions. Never begin taking, suddenly discontinue, or change the dosage of any medication without your doctor’s recommendation.
- Ivermectin has no known severe interactions with other drugs.
- Serious Interactions of ivermectin include:
- Ivermectin has moderate interactions with at least 50 different drugs.
- Ivermectin has no known mild interactions with other drugs.
The drug interactions listed above are not all of the possible interactions or adverse effects. For more information on drug interactions, visit the RxList Drug Interaction Checker.
It is important to always tell your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider of all prescription and over-the-counter medications you use, as well as the dosage for each, and keep a list of the information. Check with your doctor or health care provider if you have any questions about the medication.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
- There are no adequate and well-controlled studies on the safety of ivermectin use during pregnancy.
- Animal studies show fetal risk at doses that are toxic to the mother. Avoid use or use with caution if maternal benefits outweigh fetal risks.
- Ivermectin is present in breast milk in low concentrations. Use in nursing mothers only when the risk of delayed treatment outweighs the possible risk to the breastfed infant.
What else should I know about ivermectin?
- Take ivermectin exactly as prescribed, on an empty stomach
- Ivermectin does not kill the adult worms in onchocerciasis infection. Follow up with your healthcare provider until the infection is fully cleared.
- Ivermectin only kills the Strongyloides worms in the intestinal stage. Follow up for post-treatment stool examinations to make sure the infection is cleared.
- Never self-medicate with veterinary formulations of ivermectin either by ingestion, inhalation, injection, or exposure to body surfaces. Animal doses can be highly toxic to humans and can lead to life-threatening adverse effects.
- Do not self-medicate for prevention or treatment of COVID-19. Current data does not show evidence of the safety and efficacy of ivermectin for this viral infection.
- Store ivermectin safely out of reach of children
- In case of accidental overdose, immediately seek medical help or contact Poison Control
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Ivermectin is an antiworm (anthelmintic) medication used to treat intestinal strongyloidiasis and river blindness (onchocerciasis), types of diseases caused by parasitic roundworm (nematode) infestations. The FDA has not authorized or approved ivermectin for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19. Common side effects of ivermectin include itching, rash, hives (urticaria), skin (swelling) edema, fever, joint pain (arthralgia), inflammation of the synovial membrane on joints (synovitis), enlargement and tenderness of lymph nodes, and eye inflammation. Avoid use or use with caution if pregnant or breastfeeding.
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Guinea Worm Disease
Guinea worm disease (GWD or dracunculiasis) is an infection caused by the parasite Dracunculus medinensis. After a person drinks water contaminated by water fleas that harbor Guinea worm larvae, the larvae grow into adult worms (2-3 feet) in the small intestine and then migrate and emerge from the skin. Symptoms and signs include fever, swelling, and pain near the blister on the skin where the worm will emerge. As there is no medication to treat GWD and no vaccine to prevent infection, treatment focuses on minimizing pain and swelling (with the use of ibuprofen or aspirin) as the worms are slowly pulled from the wound over the course of a few days to a few months.
How Does COVID-19 Infection Affect the Placenta?
The placenta is the supply chain and waste disposal for the baby in your womb. After studying a few second-trimester and hundreds of third-trimester placentas from women with Covid-19, researchers determined the virus causes significant destruction within this vital organ.
How Can You Get Rid of Worms in a Puppy?
Dogs and puppies are ideal hosts for worms and other parasites. If your puppy is losing weight and has diarrhea and/or vomiting, then consult a vet to confirm the type of worm. Depending on the type of worm, your vet will suggest the test and treatment.
Is There a Lot of Sneezing With COVID-19?
While sneezing is not a definitive symptom of COVID-19, some people infected with the Delta variant have complained of sneezing.
COVID-19 vs. Flu vs. Cold
When you're feeling sick, it can be difficult to distinguish the symptoms of a COVID-19 infection from the symptoms of the common cold or the flu (influenza). While fever is common with the flu and COVID-19, sneezing is typically only associated with colds. Though sore throats are typical with colds, they are uncommon with COVID-19 infections and the flu.
Can COVID-19 Cause Mediastinal Lymphadenopathy?
COVID-19 can cause mediastinal lymphadenopathy, but it is not considered a typical finding on chest CT scans of patients infected by COVID-19.
How to Get Rid of Ringworm?
Ringworms can be caused by over 40 different types of fungi, some of which are Microsporum, Trichophyton, and Epidermophyton. Ringworm is a fungal infection that appears on the skin, anywhere over the body. It's usually characterized by a red, circular rash and the center of the rash usually appears clear.
Does COVID-19 Have an Effect on Your Skin?
COVID-19 can affect the skin with symptoms known as cutaneous manifestations that result in bumps, rashes, papules, and more.
What Are the Differences Between Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccines?
Despite being made using the same technology and sharing similar effects on the body, here are the differences between the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines.
Should I Get Tested for COVID-19 if I Have a Sore Throat?
If you have a sore throat along with symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, you should get tested for COVID-19.
When Is BiPAP Used for COVID?
BiPAP helps improve breathing in people who have severe difficulty in breathing irrespective of the lung injury being COVID-19 related.
Can COVID-19 Leave Lingering Symptoms?
Nearly 80 percent of people infected with COVID-19 experience one or more lingering symptoms post-recovery.
What Are the Most Common Long-Term Effects of COVID-19?
Most people recover from COVID-19 in two weeks. The most common long-term effects of COVID-19 infection are mood problems, neurological issues, heart disease, liver disease, lung disease, and heart disease.
How Do You Know If You Have Scabies Mites?
Scabies is a common skin infestation caused by a human itch mite, Sarcoptes scabiei var. Hominis. You know if you have scabies mites if you experience extreme itching, rash, sores, and crusted skin.
Can I Have COVID-19 and Fungal Infection at the Same Time?
One of those challenges is that bacterial and fungal infections can occur alongside COVID-19, especially in people whose cases are severe enough to put them in the ICU or who have existing comorbidities like diabetes or HIV.
Nummular Eczema vs. Ringworm: Differences
Nummular eczema is also known as discoid eczema or nummular dermatitis. Ringworm is a common skin infection also known as dermatophytosis, dermatophyte infection, or tinea corporis.
Can COVID-19 Cause Pneumonia?
In some cases, COVID-19 can cause life-threatening lung complications such as pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and sepsis.
Do All Patients With COVID-19 Get Pneumonia?
According to the CDC, about 3%-17% of patients with COVID-19 develop lung-related complications that require hospitalization, such as pneumonia.
How Does COVID-19 Mainly Spread?
COVID-19 mainly spreads via airborne particles and respiratory droplets formed when an infected person breathes, talks, coughs, or sneezes.
Are Migraines a Symptom of COVID-19?
Although the main symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath, migraines are also a common symptom that may persist during or after infection.
Head Lice vs. Dandruff
Dandruff is a condition that causes dry flakes on the scalp. Lice are parasites. Head lice infestations are very contagious. Both head lice and dandruff have similar signs and symptoms: scalp itching and tiny white material on the hair shafts. Lice treatment involves the application of over-the-counter shampoos that contain permethrin or pyrethrin followed by nit and louse removal with a fine-toothed comb. Dandruff treatment incorporates the use of anti-dandruff shampoo.
Rat Lungworm (Angiostrongylus cantonensis)
Rat lungworm (Angiostrongylus cantonensis) is a parasite that infects rats. The parasite can infect people if ingested by eating undercooked or raw infected snails or slugs. Though rat lungworm often causes no signs and symptoms, the parasite can cause eosinophlic meningitis in some. Stiff neck, headach, vomiting, nausea, and fever are symptoms of eosinophilic meningitis. Treatment is usually unnecessary. For more severe infections, treatment focuses on alleviating symptoms.
How Do I Know if I Have Scabies?
What are scabies and how do you know if you have scabies? Learn the signs of scabies and how to prevent scabies from spreading.
How Long Does Immunity Last After You Get Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccines?
People's bodies all respond differently to the vaccines so to understand how long immunity lasts, it comes down to your body’s antibody production.
Can Babies Get COVID-19?
According to the CDC, it's not common for newborns to be diagnosed with COVID-19. But there have been a few cases of newborns testing positive for the virus.
Can I Get COVID-19 Again?
If you have had COVID-19, can you get it again? Yes, COVID-19 reinfection is rare but possible. Learn what symptoms to look for and how to protect yourself.
COVID-19 vs. Allergies
Though there is some overlap in allergy and COVID-19 signs and symptoms there are also significant differences. Symptoms that they have in common include headache, fatigue, tiredness, shortness of breath, wheezing, and sore throat. Fever does not occur with allergies but is one of the defining symptoms of COVID-19 infections.
Keep Your Immune System Healthy With COVID-19
Strong immunity is pivotal for the prevention and complete recovery from COVID-19. Here are eight tips to boost your immunity and reduce your risk of serious COVID-19 illness.
What Is the Most Effective Treatment for COVID-19?
Depending on a person’s symptoms, the most effective treatment for COVID-19 may range from rest and hydration to oxygen therapy and ventilation.
Can Flying on an Airplane Increase My Risk of Getting COVID-19?
Yes, air travel can increase your risk of COVID-19 infection; however, reduce that risk by getting vaccinated, wearing a face mask, and maintaining social distancing when possible.
What Kind of Headache Comes With COVID?
COVID-19 headache is described as a really tight, squeezing sensation that gets worse with coughing and physical activity.
Is My Sore Throat Allergies or COVID-19?
Sore throat can be a symptom of allergies or COVID-19, and it can be difficult to tell which one you have. Understanding the difference between these two illnesses can help.
What Causes Ringworm?
Ringworm is a fungal infection affecting the skin. It may occur anywhere, but the skin folds and sweaty areas are more commonly affected. It is characterized by a red, circular rash with central clearing and itching that can be intense
What Happens If You Don't Take the Second Shot of the COVID-19 Vaccine?
If you don’t take the second shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, you will not reach full immunity against the virus and will be at higher risk of contracting the disease.
How Do You Fight Fatigue From COVID-19?
You can fight COVID-19 fatigue by getting plenty of rest, practicing good sleep hygiene, napping when needed, staying hydrated, and eating a balanced diet.
How Do You Get Rid of Guinea Worm?
There is no medication to treat guinea worm disease or a vaccine to prevent infection. Treatment can only begin when the wound is formed on the skin and the adult worm emerges through it. Treatment involves removing the worm manually by a healthcare professional. When a part of the worm begins to emerge out of the wound, a stick is placed around the wound.
Is It Safe to Go to the Gym During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
The COVID-19 pandemic changed many people's routines. Even if you are vaccinated, going to the gym does still come with some risk of getting COVID-19.
Are There Any FDA-Approved Drugs for COVID-19?
Recently, the FDA has authorized several other medications for emergency use for COVID-19 besides the drug Veklury (remdesivir).
What Are Some of the Symptoms of COVID-19 in Children?
What should you do if your child gets sick during the pandemic? Understand the symptoms of COVID-19 in children and how to manage them.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Prevention Tips
COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that spreads from person to person via infected respiratory droplets. The main symptoms of COVID-19 infection include cough, fever, and shortness of breath. Occasionally, people infected with COVID-19 may experience diarrhea, a sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, or aches and pains. Avoiding contact with infected people, social distancing, not touching your face, frequent hand washing, cleaning, and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces can help to reduce your risk of contracting the 2019 novel coronavirus.
Can COVID-19 Vaccine Affect Fertility?
The COVID-19 vaccine does not affect fertility.
Head Lice Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments
Lice (singular: louse) are tiny insects (known as parasites) that are most commonly found on the head (scalp). Hence, they are also referred to as ‘head lice’. The other sites where lice can be seen are behind the ears and on the back of the neck.
Is COVID-19 Life-Threatening?
Most people infected with COVID-19 experience mild to moderate respiratory symptoms and recover without special medical treatment. However, the virus is much more life-threatening to older people and those with underlying medical problems.
Which Type of Diabetes Is Worse for COVID?
COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, is a mild illness in most people. People with type 1 diabetes have 3.5 times the risk of dying compared to people without diabetes and people with type 2 diabetes have double the mortality risk with this viral infection.
Can Parents Spread COVID-19 to Kids?
Parents need to be aware that their children can easily contract COVID-19, exercise maximum caution, and follow the COVID-19 protocols to ensure everyone is safe.
Can COVID-19 Only Be Shortness of Breath?
Shortness of breath may be a symptom of COVID-19, but on its own it is unlikely to be a sign of infection. Learn about other causes of shortness of breath.
How Would I Know if I Had a Tapeworm?
Flatworms that can live in the digestive tract are called tapeworms. You would know if you had a tapeworm if you had nausea, diarrhea, weight loss, abdominal pain, and other symptoms.
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) and COVID-19
Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) has been found mostly in children infected with COVID-19 or who were in contact with other infected people. The condition causes widespread inflammation in various tissues and organ systems.
How Is COVID-19 Different From Allergies?
COVID-19 symptoms are often similar to symptoms of seasonal allergies, so it is important to know how to tell the difference. Learn how to distinguish between the two.
Vaccine-Induced Immune Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT) and COVID-19
Vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT) is an extremely rare side effect of the COVID-19 vaccine and has only been seen with the Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines.
How Do mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Work?
Vaccines train a person’s immune system to recognize and fight specific germs that can cause illness. COVID-19 vaccines work with the immune system to help develop defenses against the disease so that the body will be ready to fight coronavirus if exposed to it in the future. If a vaccinated person gets exposed to coronavirus in the future, the antibodies will fight the virus and work to prevent severe COVID-19 illness.
Are Pregnant Women at Higher Risk With COVID-19?
Your body undergoes significant physiological, mechanical, and immunologic changes during pregnancy. You're not more likely to get COVID-19 because you're pregnant.
How Does COVID-19 Affect Children?
Most children and adolescents infected with COVID-19 experience less severe symptoms than adults.
How Do the COVID-19 Variants Differ?
The Delta variant is believed to be twice as contagious as previous COVID-19 variants and is associated with increased rates of hospitalization and serious illness.
What Is a Monoclonal Antibody for COVID-19?
Monoclonal antibodies for COVID-19 are lab-produced antibodies that can prevent the SARS-CoV-2 virus from attaching to cells.
Should You Take the COVID-19 Vaccine if You Are Trying to Get Pregnant?
The COVID-19 vaccine is still being offered to women who are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant. Current information says that there is no reason not to get vaccinated if you are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant.
Are Kawasaki and COVID-19 Related?
Children with COVID-19 infection have experienced symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease due to multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C).
Can Immunocompromised People Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?
Immunocompromised people can and should get the COVID-19 vaccine, as they are extremely vulnerable to severe infection.
Which Groups of People Are at Increased Risk of Severe Illness From COVID-19?
People at higher risk of severe illness due to COVID-19 include individuals who have underlying medical conditions and have not been vaccinated.
Does Vitamin D Protect Against COVID-19?
COVID-19 or coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). It manifests as mild to moderate respiratory illness in most people who may not require any special treatment. Certain high-risk groups, such as older people and people with underlying health conditions (chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases), are more likely to get seriously ill.
Does COVID-19 Affect My Heart?
As per the American Heart Association, COVID-19 may have a long-term effect on the heart. Having a heart condition doesn't make a person more likely to catch COVID-19, but an individual with heart disease or a serious heart condition is more likely to become severely ill from COVID-19 and has a higher risk of death.
What Should a Pregnant Woman Do If She Has COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a disease caused by a coronavirus. If you are pregnant and you think you have COVID-19, get professional medical help as soon as possible to reduce the risk of medical complications.
How Long Should I Stay Home if I Have Been in Close Contact With Someone With COVID-19?
COVID-19 or coronavirus disease is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered strain of coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2). This disease has resulted in a global pandemic. The cases were first discovered in the city of Wuhan in early December 2019, which then spread globally and emerged as the cause of acute respiratory disease due to its highly transmissible and pathogenic nature.
Is It Possible to Develop Immunity to COVID-19 After Recovering?
People who recover from COVID-19 do develop an immune response to the disease after infection; however, these antibodies usually decline after 8 months.
Should You Avoid Pain Relievers Before Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine?
Both the CDC and WHO do not recommend taking pain relievers before getting the COVID-19 vaccine, as it is still unknown whether they interfere with vaccine effectiveness.
Who Can Get the Booster Shot for COVID-19?
Learn who can get the booster shot for COVID-19, whether you can mix and match brands, and why COVID-19 booster shots are needed.
Are COVID-19 Vaccines Safe for Cardiac Patients?
Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 is both safe and recommended for cardiac patients, since they are more likely to develop complications from the infection.
Is It Normal to Have Side Effects After the Second COVID-19 Vaccine?
As with any immunization, it is normal to have side effects after receiving your COVID-19 vaccine, irrespective of the dose.
What is Herd Immunity, and How Does It Help to Protect the Population from COVID-19?
Herd immunity means that the entire population is better protected against a particular disease. Herd immunity is possible with COVID-19, but the virus is likely to linger for several more years with breakthrough infections.
What Is the Delta Variant of COVID-19?
Here’s everything you need to know about the Delta variant, why it’s so contagious, and whether COVID-19 vaccines can protect against infection.
How Should I Prepare My Kids That Are Going Back to School During COVID-19?
As you start preparing your kids for back to school during COVID-19, there are some ways like wearing a mask and handwashing that can help keep them safe and healthy.
Guide for COVID-19 Vaccine for Cancer Patients
The authorities have jointly agreed that patients on active cancer treatment are at a higher risk of COVID-19 infection and complications. Hence, there is a necessity to prioritize patients with cancer for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Can You Get the COVID-19 Vaccine If You’re Pregnant?
The answer is 'Yes, you can get the COVID-19 vaccine if you’re pregnant.' But you may want to talk to your doctor before you get the vaccine.
COVID-19 Vaccine for 5 to 11 Years Olds
Children aged 5 to 11 years old can receive a distinct vaccination formulation of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, which is one-third the amount provided to adolescents.
Do COVID-19 Vaccines Protect Against the Delta Strain?
Research suggests that a full course of COVID-19 vaccines could protect you from early mutants such as the Delta strain.
What Are Some of the Common Symptoms of COVID-19 and Flu?
Flu and COVID-19 share common symptoms because they are both respiratory tract infections. Learn the 12 common symptoms below.
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