As the Omicron variant of COVID-19 sweeps through the country, we are tallying increases infection numbers (21,819 new cases in January 07, 2021 alone) with a positivity rate of 40%, well above the WHO threshold of 5%.
One positive in this current surge is that Omicron is said to have milder symptoms. Some are optimistic that this variant will act as a natural immunity and lead to the end of the pandemic. However, even if the symptoms caused by the Omicron are mild, recent research by NIH (National Institute of Health) in China showed that the virus might stay in human body, brain and other organs for over 200 days even after turning in a negative result.
For this reason early treatment has always been key in going through this COVID-19 surges. Keeping over-the-counter cough and cold medicine at home is good practice, especially during this time. Another option is to keep stock of Lianhua Qingwen capsules on hand for the treatment of Omicron related symptoms.
Throughout the pandemic, Lianhua Qingwen has been a know treatment for lung ailments typically brought about by COVID-19. Various clinical trials have showed that Lianhua Qingwen capsules can relieve the symptoms associated with COVID-19 and speed up recovery. However, with this fast spreading Omicron variant, chances of exposure are too high and prevention should also be considered.
In a recent study entitled “Efficacy and Safety of Lianhuaqingwen Capsules for the Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019: A Prospective Open-Label Controlled Trial” published in hindawi.com, it was concluded that Lianhua Qingwen capsules conferred preventive effects on those exposed to COVID-19. And “in light of their efficacy and safety profile, LH capsules can be considered useful for the prevention of COVID-19 upon exposure.”
In the same study, incidence rate of symptoms after close contact for those taking Lianhua Qingwen were 1.2% while that for other prophylactic drugs was 6.8%. Incidence rate for those who did not use drugs was 8.8%.
The public is urged to exercise vigilance during this key period in the surge. The best way to stay safe is still to follow protocols:
- always wear a mask
- observe social distancing
- avoid indoor crowds
- wash your hands often
- avoid touching your face
- get vaccinated or booster shots after prime doses
- and if you do develop symptoms consult your physician and take your medication ASAP
Despite its safety, Lianhua Qingwen is currently classified as a prescription drug (Rx)—requiring a doctor’s prescription. Prescription-holding consumers may purchase it in all Mercury Drug Stores, Southstar Drug, Watsons, Rose Pharmacy, and TGP nationwide and other pharmacies at a suggested retail price of P288.00/box (24 capsules/box).
For more information on Lianhua Qingwen, visit www.philarchipelago.com or call tel. no. (02) 8361-7491 to 98 loc. 844.