Episode 6 – Antiviral Medication
Published: Nov 20, 2023
Authored by Dr. Krishan
In an era where information is readily available at our fingertips, staying informed about healthcare choices has become increasingly important. Dixie Crawford and Dr. Krishan have joined forces to host an engaging 7-part podcast series to talk all things healthcare, wellbeing and wellness. Information provided in this episode is intended as a guide only and does not replace advice provided by your healthcare professional.
These podcasts are frank and open conversations intended to help inform and empower First Nations people and the community with facts and information about everyday health concerns, like how to talk to your doctor about your health questions, and the health checks we need at every stage of life. Information provided in this podcast is intended as a guide only and does not replace advice provided by your health worker.
In this episode, Dixie and Dr. Krishan discuss antiviral medication and its relevance to COVID-19. They explain that antivirals are medications used to treat viral infections – just like how antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections. Antivirals work by slowing down the multiplication of the virus in the body which helps the immune system fight off the infection.1
Dixie and Dr. Krishan emphasise the importance of taking antivirals early, within the first few days of symptoms, to reduce severe COVID-19 illness. Vulnerable people including those living with underlying health conditions, can proactively have a conversation with their health worker to know what steps to take if they test positive for COVID-19.2
“Proactive COVID planning with your healthcare professional is important, especially if you're in a vulnerable group.”
Dr. Krishan Thiru
- Visit Nganya and learn more about initiatives and work from Dixie and her team https://nganya.com.au/
-Check out the COVID-19 resources from the National Indigenous Australians Agency: https://www.niaa.gov.au/covid-19
-Dive into the Australian Government’s resource collection: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/annual-health-check-for-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-people-resource-collection?language=en