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COVID-19 Trial Tests if Common Drug Can Keep Patients Out of Hospital

At-risk people diagnosed with COVID-19 across the United States and Canada can participate in a clinical trial testing whether a common drug can keep them from getting sicker and keep them out of the hospital.­­

The trial, conducted by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is based on a discovery by the University of Virginia School of Medicine’s Alban Gaultier, PhD, and a former graduate student, Dorian A Rosen, PhD.

Gaultier and Rosen found last year that the antidepressant fluvoxamine may stop the deadly inflammation known as sepsis, in which the immune response spirals out of control. The drug’s apparent benefit for dampening dangerous inflammation prompted the Washington University researchers to begin investigating its potential benefit for COVID-19, which can also cause dangerous overreactions of the immune system.

“If this clinical trial is proven successful, fluvoxamine could become a standard treatment for patients newly diagnosed with COVID-19, especially patients at risk,” Gaultier said. “Even the best vaccines do not protect 100% of the population, and discovery of safe and affordable treatments to prevent COVID-19-associated complications is critical.”

Fluvoxamine and COVID-19

Earlier this year, the Washington University researchers launched their first clinical trial of the drug in patients with COVID-19. That trial compared fluvoxamine with a harmless placebo in 152 adult outpatients. None of the 80 participants who received fluvoxamine became seriously ill after 15 days, while six patients who received placebo did. Of those six, four were hospitalized, for periods ranging from four to 21 days. One was on a ventilator for 10 days.

Based on those initial results, Washington University is now launching a much larger trial open to residents across the United States and Canada. The trial is seeking approximately 880 at-risk participants, age 18 and older, who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are experiencing mild symptoms.

Participants will be provided with either fluvoxamine or a placebo for approximately 15 days. No face-to-face contact is required; everything necessary will be sent to the participants’ doorsteps.

Contactless Check-Ins

The researchers will track the patients by videochat, email or telephone to determine if fluvoxamine provides a benefit and helps keep participants out of the hospital. During brief daily check-ins, trial participants will report their oxygen levels, blood pressure and temperature, along with whether they are feeling shortness of breath or have had any other problems.

The study team will continue to follow the participants for approximately 90 days after they have finished taking fluvoxamine or the placebo.

The trial is open to people who have at least one risk factor for severe COVID-19, such as being 40 or older, being part of a high-risk racial/ethnic group (such as African-American, Hispanic, Native American or biracial), or having one or more medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, a lung disease or an immune disorder such as rheumatoid arthritis.

For more information about the trial, visit this website.

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Sell Your Study Notes and Make Money Online

By Cathy Carter

Putting together good notes in class is a crucial factor that can be a determinant of your success in school, according to The Learning Center. However, taking notes might be too difficult sometimes, which could discourage you not to make them. What if you had an added motivation in making notes, such as earning money?

If you are a student looking for inspiration to take study notes diligently, this useful article will discuss how you can sell your study notes through websites like Thinkswap and make money online.

How Does Notes Selling Work?

College or University is quite tricky if you lack the necessary study resources so you could pass your subjects. This is why students look for websites such as Thinkswap for study resources that they still lack.

The demand for subject notes has dramatically increased over the years, and the internet paved the way for supplying that demand. Your role is to upload your subject notes so that other students can buy them. In this way, you are helping a fellow student and making money in the process—this is how notes selling works.

What Type of Notes Can I Sell?

The notes that you can sell include your subject notes, lecture notes, and even study guides. You upload and sell the notes that you have taken while completing the different subjects in school. The most significant thing is that your notes should cover all the given topics under a particular subject.

How Much Can I Earn?

The amount you can earn depends on the number of downloads your subject notes get. This means the more students that use your study notes, the more money you make. The amount that is paid to you is called “royalty fees.”

Every time a document you uploaded is sold, a commission is deducted by the website where you uploaded your notes, and the remaining amount becomes yours rightfully.

Details of profit-sharing are essential because there are websites that charge commissions of more than 50%. This is unethical since you have intellectual rights over your subject notes since you made them. It would be best that you choose to upload your subject notes on websites that charge lesser commissions, sites like Thinkswap that pay up to 65% royalty fees.

How Can I Make More Money?

The best way for you to make more money by selling notes online is to create high-quality subject notes because these types of notes become in-demand.

According to The Learning Center, you can improve your note-taking by jotting down keywords, focusing on the main points of the lecture, and making organized or structured notes, so they are easy to read. In doing this, you are making your study notes concise and brief, which makes it more appealing to student readers.

Things to Consider Before Uploading Documents

Not all note-sharing websites are created equal because there are websites on the internet that take advantage of students who upload their notes by charging massive commissions or even worse, sites that do not pay.

It would be best that you only upload your subject notes in trusted and reliable note-sharing websites, so you rest assured that you will be treated fairly.

Selling your subject notes online is a wonderful way for you to get rewards for the hard work that you do while in school. Not only will you feel great because of the monetary gains, but also by helping your fellow students learn and pass their subjects.