If you are confused about the recommendations made by different professional groups for the COVID-19 pandemic, you’ve come to the right place. Before you continue to read this rather long article, let’s start with the end in mind and begin with the conclusion that you may have been told. There is no early treatment for COVID-19? Most of the studies are small and are of low quality? We shall wait for bigger and better quality evidence before we can make formal recommendations?
The main aim of research is to analyze the facts in order to predict the future. Science requires questioning and testing. The world does not exist in a ‘black or white’ manner and most of the time, things do fall into the ‘gray’ area. Medical science is dynamic and evidence development is constantly in a continuous work-in-progress mode. If a treatment has been shown to work in a small study, would you wait for a bigger study or should you just take it after considering the benefit and risk ratio; especially if the treatment is actually an old drug that has been used for more than 20 years? You be the judge!