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Journal of Association of Physicians of India ; 69(11):14-16, 2021.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-1507498


Background: Chemoprophylaxis (CP) along with masking and physical distancing seem an undeniable alternative. Considering the significant but uncertain role of CP for the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, we aimed to determine the various aspects of CP prescribing practices among physicians across India. Methods: An online survey was conducted among prescribing physicians across India where physicians were assessed for their prescribing practices on COVID-19 CP. Responses to the questionnaire were obtained via telephone, email and WhatsApp messages. Responses were duly analyzed thereafter. Result: Ivermectin was the preffered choice in 44% individuals followed by hydroxychloroquine in 34% individuals. Odds of COVID contact among those using HCQ and/or IVR prophylaxis was less than 1 of which IVR was found more protective. The present study also made a survey among 309 community dwellers, where odds of contacted COVID among those with any prophylaxis was 0.46 times than those without any prophylaxis. Conclusion: The HCPs found IVR to have a greater risk reduction than with HCQ;while the combination showed the greatest reduction and lack of CP use was associated with a high risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection. © 2021 Journal of Association of Physicians of India. All rights reserved.