More than 85% of COVID-19 patients recovers without Remdesivir, steroids and other drugs: AIIMS Director

Dr Randeep Guleria on Wednesday addressed the issues related to Covid-19 and maintained that only 15 per cent of patients may go to “moderate disease” and they need treatment in the form of Remdesivir, steroids, anti-coagulants and sometimes convalescent plasma.

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India has witnessed an unprecedented spike in Coronavirus cases, and the alarming demand for medical supplies has flagged concerns across the nation. While the healthcare staff has been trying their best to curb the spread of the deadly virus, AIIMS Delhi Director Dr Randeep Guleria on Wednesday said that there is enough data to suggest that “more than 85 per cent of patients will recover without any specific treatment in the form of Remdesivir, steroids and any other drugs”, reported ANI.

“The most important thing to understand is (that) in COVID-19, we have now enough data that more than 85 percent will recover without any specific treatment in the form of Remdesivir, steroids and any other drugs. Most of them will have features like the common cold, body ache, fever, sore throat, some may have gastritis and over a period of five-seven days, they will recover with just symptomatic treatment which means just paracetamol, keeping yourself hydrated, doing your regular exercise, taking vitamins and just being positive about your health,” he said.

Dr Guleria on Wednesday addressed the issues related to Covid-19 along with Dr Devi Shetty, Chairman, Narayana Health and Dr Naresh Trehan, Chairman, Medanta.

He maintained that only 15 per cent of patients may go to “moderate disease” and they need treatment in the form of Remdesivir, steroids, anti-coagulants and sometimes convalescent plasma.

“It’s only 15 per cent of people who may go on to what we call moderate disease where your oxygen saturation may fall and you have a high fever, there will be markers to suggest the ongoing information. Only in that percentage of people who have other features to suggest that disease is progressed that we need to give treatment in the form of Remdesivir, steroids, anticoagulants and sometimes we also give convalescent plasma” he added, as reported by the news agency ANI.

In the last few weeks, India’s healthcare system has been on a critical stage and several states have announced a slew of new restrictions in view of the rising Covid-19 cases.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently chaired a meeting with India’s doctors and urged them to encourage people to take vaccinations.

However, in a meeting on Wednesday, Dr Guleria pointed out the importance to understand that “most of us who are either in-home isolation or even in hospitals because of panic don’t need any specific treatment”.

“Like you treat a simple cold, you can get away with treating cold with a majority of people taking just paracetamol and keeping yourself well hydrated,” he said.

Meanwhile, India has reported 2,95,041 new COVID-19 cases and 2,023 deaths on Wednesday, a record-high since the pandemic broke out last year, reported ANI.