My friend's COVID-19 test is negative. Test says "suggestive COVID-19," and lungs are more than 50% infected. His oxygen levels are normal, and he is constantly monitoring oxygen levels. He is unsure about the medicines given to him and is stuck in a place with not much access to big hospitals or doctors. He is on various medications for a week. His symptoms started two weeks before. We want a second opinion, please. I am attaching his latest test reports and prescriptions herewith.
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Thank you for the query. I can understand your concern. The recent HRCT (high resolution computed tomography) of the chest has revealed patchy and sub-segmental ground-glass opacities associated with inter and intralobular septal thickening and architectural distortion distributed in all the lobes of both lungs suggestive of atypical or viral or COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2109) pneumonia. CO-RADS 5 (COVID-19 reporting and data system) and CT severity score 15 out of 25 and 55% to 60% lung involvement. CO-RADS 5 indicates highly suggestive of COVID-19 pneumonia (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). CT severity score of 15 out of 25 indicates moderate COVID-19 pneumonia, as below 18 out of 25 indicates the moderate type of COVID-19 pneumonia.
According to the HRCT of the chest, he is now suffering from pneumonia may be due to COVID-19 infections though he tested negative for COVID-19. RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) test may become false negative in few cases. In 2% to 3% cases, the RT-PCR test may be negative. False-negative test results can occur if the sample was not taken at the right time of infection.
According to WHO's (world health organization) recent guidelines, a patient with COVID-19 symptoms or positive findings on his or her HRCT of the chest despite being negative by RT-PCR test is considered as COVID-19 positive patient and should be treated according to the symptoms of COVID-19 infections. So, he should take some medications according to the present symptoms. As he has pneumonia, most probably due to a COVID-19 infection, he may take antiviral medications to reduce the viral load. He may also take broad-spectrum antibiotics to prevent any secondary infections, Dexamethasone for protecting the lungs from further damage, Levosalbutamol, antihistamines, etc.
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Thanks for the reply.
Could you give us the exact dosage, frequency, and number of days for the medicines you suggested, Dexamethasone, Levosalbutamol, and antihistamines? I appreciate any help you can provide.
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Thanks for joining again. I suggest the following,
Monitor your oxygen saturation level routinely. If oxygen saturation level declines below 90%, he can get himself admitted into the hospital for oxygen inhalation therapy.
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