16 December 2020

No benefit from azithromycin in hospitalised patients

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16 December


  • The antibiotic azithromycin – which has also been shown to reduce inflammation – does not appear to offer any benefits to patients hospitalised with COVID-19, according to data from the UK-based RECOVERY trial.
    A non-peer-reviewed paper, published on the preprint server MedRxiv, presents early results from the azithromycin arm of the randomised, controlled, open-label trial conducted in 176 hospitals in the UK.
    The results from 2582 patients randomised to azithromycin and 5182 patients randomised to usual care alone showed no differences in 28-day mortality between the two groups, a similar time to hospital discharge, and similar likelihood of progressing to invasive ventilation. The findings were similar across age, sex, ethnicity and other clinical factors.
  • The first rapid at-home test for COVID-19 has been granted emergency use authorisation in the US by the Food and Drug Administration.
    The device, which tests a nasopharyngeal swab for SARS-CoV-2 antigens and delivers a result in 15 minutes to a smartphone, is manufactured by Ellure in the US and in Brisbane.
  • Here are the latest confirmed COVID-19 infection numbers from around Australia to 9pm Tuesday:
    National – 28,047 with 908 deaths
    ACT – 117 (0)
    NSW – 4650 (5)
    NT – 66 (2)
    QLD – 1228 (1)
    SA – 563 (0)
    TAS – 234 (0)
    VIC – 20,351 (0)
    WA – 838 (1)
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