Triangle writer receives COVID-19 rebound case, what does it mean?

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — After a recent work trip to Mexico, Triangle author and USA Today opinion columnist Steven Petrow knew what was going on the moment he felt it.

“I had a fever, I had a cough, I had body aches, I didn’t feel well,” Petrow said. “So I called my doctor straight away and she said ‘test, but I’ll write you a prescription for Paxlovid, the antiviral’ and I started taking it the next day.”

Paxlovid is an antiviral treatment for COVID-19 and is very effective in preventing people from going to hospital.

“By day five I felt fine, and I tested negative and I was like ‘I’m ready to go,'” Petrow said.

But a few days later, her symptoms returned.

“I was confused. I had heard about this thing called Paxlovid rebound, which happens at a certain percentage, they don’t really know, people take Paxlovid initially and then it goes, then it comes back and it goes to again,” he said. . “So I had two quarantine periods there in two weeks.”

Pfizer, the maker of Paxlovid, said it is currently seeing a rebound rate of around 2%, but continues to monitor patients.

“If you take Paxlovid you might get symptoms again, we haven’t yet seen anyone who has come back with symptoms requiring you to go to hospital. So generally (it’s) a milder course said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control.

Petrow was vaccinated against COVID-19 and boosted twice. He said he followed everything CDC guidelines with her initial infection and when she rebounded.

But he fears that others will not do the same.

“It’s really disheartening to see so many people I know who test positive, breaking the rules. I don’t like following the rules, but the rules are there for all of us,” Petrow said.