Bay Area COVID Patients Report ‘Paxlovid Rebound’ After Taking Antiviral Treatment

Bay Area COVID Patients Report 'Paxlovid Rebound' After Taking Antiviral Treatment
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When Berkeley resident Myriam Misrach tested positive for the coronavirus last month she started taking the Paxlovid COVID antiviral pill the same day. During the five days of treatment, her cough and shortness of breath mostly subsided, but a few days after taking the last pill, her symptoms returned.

For 48 hours afterward, she also had a fever, headache, nausea, a runny nose and lost her sense of taste, she said. And she tested positive for the virus again – despite having tested negative and feeling much better a few days before.

“I had everything in the book,” said Misrach, 66, who is vaccinated and boosted. “It was not a mild case at all.”

Misrach continued to test positive for two weeks after that and today he is still coughing, although the other symptoms have subsided. What was even more confusing, she said, was that her husband had also just taken Paxlovid and for him it “worked like a charm” – he started feeling better almost immediately and stayed that way. , although he also tested positive after initially testing negative.

“I don’t blame Paxlovid but I think they need to study it more,” she said.

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