The list consists of 16 cities, most of them small or medium. The low number of hospitalizations and deaths is often proportional to the number of inhabitants. According to bulletins released by the health departments of these cities until March 30, there were both inpatients and deaths registered in most of them. See, below, the numbers released by the secretariats:
Some of them have even reduced the number of hospitalized patients at the beginning of the year, before the pandemic registered a worsening in the country. This was the case in Búzios, which had no inpatients or new cases registered on February 17. But the decrease was not the result of so-called early treatment.
According to Health Secretary Marcelo Amaral, the confrontation made by the secretariat consisted of raising cases of influenza, making rapid screening of cases of Covid-19 and starting treatment in the first days of the infection. To G1, the press office of the city council informs that “it does not perform early treatment, but early diagnosis”. “Hospitalization cases have been greatly reduced.”
Another city that denies the use of the so-called “Covid kit” is Taquara. “Taquara has a Covid center and we work with diagnosis and treatment. We don’t have a protocol. We don’t have a Covid kit. We have testing. Anamnesis of the patient with a nursing team and doctor and, from the testing, the time of symptoms and the stage of the disease. , the medication to be prescribed to the patient is established “, affirms the municipal secretary of Health, Ana Maria Rodrigues.
Early treatment or Covid kit is a cocktail of some drugs, including hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine, ivermectin and azithromycin, prescribed by some doctors to prevent Covid-19 infection or treat mild cases of the disease
The drugs, however, have no proven efficacy to fight the disease and are rejected by Brazilian and international medical entities. In January, the National Health Council (CNS) sent a letter to the Ministry of Health asking for the revocation of any guidance that would encourage the use of medicines to treat Covid-19, with no proven efficacy by the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) .
The Ministry of Health itself, in information note No. 17/2020, which establishes guidelines for the early drug handling of patients diagnosed with Covid-19, recognizes that “so far, there is no robust scientific evidence that allows the indication of specific pharmacological therapy for Covid-19 “.
Recently, the Brazilian Medical Association changed its opinion on remedies and started to recommend that they be banned. The position is the opposite of a previous one, in July last year, when the entity defended the “autonomy of the doctor” when prescribing the medicines.
Together with the Brazilian Society of Infectious Diseases, the association released a note on the treatment. “The best scientific evidence demonstrates that no medication is effective in preventing or ‘early treatment’ for Covid-19 to date. Currently, leading medical societies and international public health organizations do not recommend preventive or early treatment with drugs. , including Anvisa. ”
Experts heard by G1 they are also against early treatment. “There is no data that recommends early treatment. No international society recommends it. The American CDC, on the contrary, puts it in its recommendations as contraindicated,” explains Marcelo Otsuka, vice president of the Scientific Department of Infectology at the São Paulo Pediatric Society.
“To date, we do not have any medication that acts directly on the virus. There is no medication for early use,” says Leonardo Weissmann, an infectious disease specialist at Emílio Ribas hospital and a professor at the University of Ribeirão Preto.
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