Among the positive are people who are both vaccinated and boosted.
Recent numbers showed that around 20% of Kentuckians were both vaccinated and boosted. For those 20%, testing positive for COVID is as unprecedented as figuring out what to do next.
Dr. Ryan Stanton, Chief Medical Contributor for FOX 56 News, reassures those who are vaccinated and boosted that they will experience milder symptoms.
Overall, Kentuckians are generally unsure of what to do next, so Dr. Stanton provides some useful at-home tips for the downtime:
- Get plenty of rest
- Stay hydrated even if you lost your sense of taste and smell
- Take Tylenol for the headaches
- Allow your body as much time as needed to fully recover
- Quarantine for five days, per the CDC’s recommendation
- Do not overstimulate your immune system
As counterintuitive as the last tip above sounds, Dr. Stanton advises people not to try and overload themselves with high contents of vitamin C, Zicam, or Airborne-like remedies.
“Remember, the complications from COVID-19 are from an overstimulation of the immune system,” Dr. Ryan Stanton said. “So, really boosting that immune system may not be the best idea. The reason we have so many complications is because we go into, with that new exposure, it’s really the storm that the virus causes with the immune system.”
Dr. Stanton added, “There’s nothing really ideal that we have that shortens it significantly.”
For those who seek to ask their physicians for a monoclonal antibody treatment to help with their symptoms, there have been updates to it’s efficacy against the omicron variant.
According to Dr. Stanton, Regeneron is showing no benefits against the omicron variant.
“The Regeneron doesn’t seem to be effective against the omicron variant,” Dr. Stanton said. “The one version of medication that we have that seems to have some work and benefit against omicron we have very limited supplies here in Kentucky so it’s not one that many folks will be able to get access to.”
All other monoclonal antibody treatments on the market are still an option. Treatment is typically offered to people over the age of 65 and/or has prior history of a medical condition that would be further complicated by Covid-19.
Dr. Stanton said to consult a physician as getting the IV treatment will require a physician’s order and beware that supply is limited in Kentucky.