We tested positive. We had not been vaccinated. We tested positive on Tuesday, we had the infusion Wednesday morning. The criteria to get it was 1)unvaccinated and 2)over 65. I was not sick, didn't think I needed the infusion but was advised to get it, so I did. While not FDA approved, it is approved for emergency use as Son of Butch said.. Mr. FH was much sicker than I was, nausea and no energy at all. We are fine now, but it did take him several days.2 infusion treatments that I am aware of are convalescent plasma and monoclonal antibodies.
Monoclonal antibody therapy drugs like Trump received has emergency use authorization, but not FDA approval.
An expensive drug $2,100 per treatment, time consuming 30 minute IV and 1 hour observation for 90 minutes per individual.
Most insurance excludes or pay very little for drugs that are not on FDA approved list. So hospital administrators are reluctant to encourage doctors to use time consuming therapy and expensive unreimbursed drugs. Although its use has been increasing over the last 6 weeks.
40,523,954 reported cases of covid
death rate 1.61%
clinical trials estimate if monoclonal treatment were given to everyone as soon as case is diagnosed the death rate would fall to 1.4%
The time and expense to achieve 0.21% reduction in the general population is too great when the vast majority don't need it. So treatment is usually reserved for high risk individuals, 65+ or diabetes, obese, heart disease (or the wealthy and well connected if they absolutely insist)
They also told us to get vaccinated in 90 days.
Do any of you know Soapweed? They put him on a ventilator last night in NE. Say a prayer for him, please. A mighty one.
Talking about cost. I read where it cost $88 per vaccination. Someone is making big money from this. Guess who?