Did you know that there are four main strains of the flu called A, B, C, and D? COVID-19 is no different, and we are seeing new variants, such as Omicron, pop up as the virus continues to mutate and as we learn more about it.
Doctors are trying to learn more by breaking the traditional methods of clinical trials and doing COVID clinical trials to prevent it from spreading in the future. Keep reading, and we will guide you through how you can stop the spread of COVID.
COVID-19 Clinical Trials
Clinical trials help researchers determine if new treatments are more effective and safe to use on people than the current ones. Cullman Clinical Trials is working to lead the charge in clinical trials and research to benefit patients, providers, and sponsors.
These trials help build toward a better future in healthcare. For example, when COVID-19 started, everyone was working toward a COVID-19 vaccine to help slow down the spread of the virus.
Trials were set up to research the COVID-19 vaccine, its side effects, and how it can help minimize symptoms and decrease hospitalizations. You can get involved in clinical trials by volunteering.
There will be eligibility requirements based on the trial, but if you’re interested, you can contact Cullman Clinical Trials directly or talk to your doctor. You should consult your doctor because you may not be able to participate if it will affect other medications you’re taking.
Under federal law, health insurance plans are required to cover patient care costs in clinical trials. You can learn more about the requirements here.
You will find that health insurance won’t cover research costs, such as getting extra blood tests. However, the trial sponsor will likely cover these.
We will walk through ways you can prevent the spread of COVID-19 in addition to these trials.
Stop the Spread
Health experts and clinical trials involving COVID-19 are encouraging people to take action. Even on top of getting the vaccine and boosters, if you were exposed, you should wear a mask and practice social distancing.
You can still spread the virus even with the vaccine, so when you’re exposed, you should still be cautious. It would be best if you also continued to use hand sanitizer and wash your hands.
If you’re feeling sick, it’s essential to take a test to know if you need to quarantine. If you’re going to a large gathering, you can get tested beforehand to ensure you’re negative before going.
Take Preventive Action
Now that you know the research to find ways to stop the spread, you can put these into action. You can volunteer for a clinical trial to help support the research.
To help prevent the spread, you can get the vaccine and booster, practice social distancing, wear a mask, and use hand sanitizer. These things will help prevent you from being exposed and spreading the virus.