Nurses with decades of experience at the town hall hosted by Minnesota Rep. Erik Mortensen said that coronavirus patients have not been given the typical treatments for respiratory illnesses. There were also lab techs, home health care, occupational therapists, and first responders present at the town hall. Watch the video below.
Normally, patients with lung infections are encouraged to practice breathing exercises and move about. However, during the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak, hospitals became afraid that the usual treatments would aerosolize the virus and allegedly discontinued many of the standard treatments for respiratory illnesses.
Other town hall attendees spoke about how their hospitals discouraged or prevented use of drugs like ivermectin to treat coronavirus.
Natalie Barnes, a nurse at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, cited an ongoing University of Minnesota clinical trial, which seeks to test “the medications metformin, ivermectin and fluvoxamine,” since they “appear to possibly stop the proteins inside cells that help viruses reproduce and spread.”
As a basis for conducting the trial, the university says that “reviews of persons who developed COVID-19 while taking metformin suggest they were less likely to be hospitalized or die from the infection.”
Despite this, Barnes said her peers are not open to prescribing these drugs.
Barnes also referenced a U of M study published in the Journal of Medical Virology that found patients treated with metformin enjoyed “significantly lower odds of mortality from COVID-19 disease.”
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