WHO revises guidance for COVID-19 patients’ treatment, recommending follow-up care, low-dose anticoagulants

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The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday issued new guidance for treatment of coronavirus patients, including those with persistent post-recovery symptoms. 

The advice includes the use of at-home oxygen saturation testing for those who have been discharged from hospitals and low-dose anticoagulants for patients who remain hospitalized to prevent thrombosis.

“We suggest the use of lower doses rather than higher doses because higher doses may lead to other problems,” WHO spokesperson Margaret Harris said at a press briefing in Geneva, according to Reuters.

The new guidance also recommends the awake prone position for patients with severe symptoms who are hospitalized and require ventilation or supplemental oxygen.

It further includes “a conditional recommendation for the use of existing care bundles (defined as three or more evidence-informed practices delivered together and consistently to improve care) chosen locally by hospital or ICU and adapted as necessary for local circumstances in patients with critical COVID-19.”

Harris also said at the briefing that a WHO team deployed to Wuhan, the Chinese city where the novel coronavirus virus was first reported, will leave quarantine this week and continue discussions on the origin of the virus with Chinese researchers, Reuters noted.

Harris declined comment on reports that the European Union has seen major hurdles in its plan to distribute vaccines. She told reporters the organization aimed for all countries’ health workers to receive the vaccine in the first 100 days of 2021 but said she had no specific vaccination data, according to the news service.

The press briefing came days after AstraZeneca told the European Union it would fall short of its vaccine supply goals for March.

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