Antidepressant could protect against a severe course of Covid-19

Many people who test positive are afraid that their health may suddenly deteriorate. Researchers have shown in a pilot study that such a fatal development can possibly be prevented.

Many patients with only mild symptoms worry about having to go to hospital after all.

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Most people who become infected with the new coronavirus, Sars-CoV-2, develop little or no symptoms. In some of the infected, however, the condition worsens so much after a few days that – despite the initially mild symptoms – they require hospital care. Such a worsening of the situation often occurs in the second week of illness. Can a drug prevent such a development? American researchers answered this question in a small but high quality pilot study.

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