Russians horrify doctors with methods they use to treat COVID-19

10:13, 21 November 2020
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Whether it is a common cold or coronavirus, Russians do not call doctors and independently 'prescribe' treatment for themselves at the disease's first symptoms. On the first day of illness, 18% of Russians start taking antibiotics.

Another 14% take immunomodulators, 24% try to suppress the disease with vitamins, according to a survey, where 80% of the respondents admitted that they opt for self-medication.

The most popular self-medication method is drinking hot tea or milk. Some other respondents suppressed the disease with the help of alcohol – 'vodka with pepper,' Izvestia reports. Along with drinking a few vodka shots, some consumed a lot of hot pepper with a couple of aspirin tablets.

These methods horrified Ekaterina Trifonova, the head of the Infectious Diseases Center of the Central Clinical Hospital.

Trifonova is sure that such 'treatment' can lead to the most damaging consequences. An uncontrolled intake of antibiotics can cause negative dynamics, and, as a result, the patient might need to be hospitalized.

Olga Shuppo, head of Grand Clinic, a network of immunorehabilitation and preventive medicine clinics, agrees with Ekaterina Trifonova. The doctor considers only rinsing the throat and cleansing the nose to be acceptable among the 'home' methods.

Self-medication with antibiotics, when infected with COVID-19, is absolutely unacceptable because it may bring complications. Antibiotics disrupt the gut microbiota, which is 70% of the body's immune system, says the doctor.

Amy Hirst, Cancer Research UK's Health Information Officer, said deformity of the fingertips could be a sign of lung cancer. According to her, finger clubbing is not the most common symptom of the disease, but it is also a sign of many different conditions, reported earlier.