By Rabbi Yair Hoffman

This article is one of pikuach nefesh. Please take it very seriously and forward the content to anyone who is COVID positive and has a risk factor.

As many people know, I was recently hospitalized with COVID. There are ways to seriously minimize the effects of COVID. When I was in the height of my illness, I tried to get monoclonal antibodies, but they were not available.

CPI got me into Mt. Sinai, and I was given plasma antibodies, and those, in combination with steroids, antiviral Resvedevir and anticoagulants helped me significantly.

I’m grateful that I recovered. Recently released early findings involving 275 patients show that monoclonal antibodies may reduce the rate of hospitalizations by up to 70%. This can be lifesaving, especially among people with high-risk conditions or co-morbidities.

People who test positive must let their physicians know early on, and not allow themselves to be treated at home with oxygen etc. without physician supervision. Once someone is on oxygen, they will not qualify for monoclonal antibodies.

Two drug makers have approval to use monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adult and pediatric patients. The first, created by Eli Lilly, is called bamlanivimab and received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in early November. Less than two weeks later, Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody cocktail, called REGEN-COV2, was approved for investigational use.

REGEN-COV2 was given to President Trump while it was still experimental under a “compassionate use” request. The president only had good things to say about his recovery.

Not enough people know about this. Tell anyone you know. The experimental protocols call for monoclonal antibodies to be given as soon as possible after symptoms emerge and prior to hospitalization.

So as soon as you test positive call that number. They will prioritize high risk people who are a) 65 or older, or b) BMI of 35 or more or c) those with underlying health conditions.

You can find CPI on the internet, email or phone at 828 4 PLASMA.

While I was undergoing treatment, two of my friends died from COVID. It is pikuach nefesh to reach out to CPI immediately.

Rabbi Hoffman can be reached at yairhoffman2@gmail.com.

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