Reinfection with COVID-19 Reports: There have been some reports of reinfection, but these are rare. The CDC is monitoring these cases and develop criteria and guidance for potential cases of reinfection. (10/27/20)
Options for Treatment
CDC Issues Ivermectin Health Alert: Taking ivermectin for COVID-19 can cause severe illness when taken outside of its intended use or when taking veterinary formulations. The CDC issued a health alert warning about the rise in prescriptions for ivermectin and the increased number of calls to poison centers. It is important to note that ivermectin can cause severe illness when taken outside of its intended use or when taking veterinary formulations.
Ivermectin is not recommended for prevention or treatment of COVID-19. Current NIH Treatment Guidelines state that there is insufficient evidence to recommend either for or against the use of ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19 outside of clinical trials. The AAFP urges caution in prescribing therapeutics for treatment or prevention of COVID-19 that have not been approved or authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) based on substantial evidence for safety and efficacy.
The FDA has issued the following statements: FDA has not approved or issued an Emergency Use Authorization for ivermectin for use in treating or preventing COVID-19 in humans. Ivermectin tablets are approved at very specific doses for some parasitic worms, and there are topical formulations for head lice and skin conditions. Ivermectin is not an anti-viral. For additional information see theFDA Information Page and the FDA Ivermectin FAQ.
Taking large doses of this drug is dangerous and can cause serious harm.
If you have a prescription for ivermectin for an FDA-approved use, get it from a legitimate source and take it exactly as prescribed.
Never use medications intended for animals on yourself. Ivermectin preparations for animals are very different from those approved for humans.
AAFP COVID-19 Testing Resources Web Page: This web page provides information on who to test, access and availability, types of tests, results, impact of new variants, specimen collection, and coding and billing. (Updated 4/20/21)
CDC Guidance on Reopening Schools: Family physicians should closely monitor plans to reopen schools in their area and continue promoting routine vaccinations for school-age children to prevent other disease outbreaks. (8/21/20)