covid 19 health facts

Can Delsym products be used to treat symptoms of COVID-19?

Currently there are no medicines specifically indicated or approved for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19.  Where appropriate, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do advise appropriate use of over-the-counter medicines to alleviate mild symptoms of COVID-19. These may include cough, fever, headache, runny nose, congestion and sore throat.

While Delsym products are indicated for relief of the aforementioned symptoms, Delsym products are not specifically indicated for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19. COVID-19 is caused by a specific coronavirus, belonging to a group of viruses which can also result in less serious cold and flu-like illnesses. Because of this, some of the milder symptoms may be common to both COVID-19 and cold or flu and may be similarly relieved by over-the-counter cold and flu remedies such as Delsym. The Delsym family of products contain several active ingredients which are commonly used to treat symptoms of respiratory viral infections.

Delsym products should always be used only as directed. If you have questions or concerns about your symptoms or COVID-19, please discuss with your healthcare professional.   You can also visit the CDC website for helpful information by visiting the link https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

The Delsym product range may include the below active ingredients: 

Dextromethorphan: Indicated to quiet cough due to the common cold or inhaled irritants 

Guaifenesin: Helps loosen mucus and thin bronchial secretions to make coughs more productive. Guaifenesin is indicated for the relief of chest congestions as associated with the common cold

Acetaminophen: Indicated for the temporary reduction of fever and temporary relief of minor aches and pains associated with the common cold and flu

Phenylephrine Hydrochloride: Indicated for the temporary relief of nasal congestion due to the common cold or other upper respiratory allergies.

Diphenhydramine: Indicated for the temporary relief of runny nose, sneezing, itchy nose or throat, and itchy watery eyes due to hay fever or other upper respiratory allergies

Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) 

1. How do COVID-19 and the common cold differ?

The common cold and COVID-19 are both respiratory viral infections. The common cold is the broad term used for a respiratory viral infection resulting in a self-limiting illness with generally mild symptoms. The predominant cause of the common cold is the rhinovirus, but some coronaviruses can also cause the common cold. COVID-19 is caused by being infected with a novel coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. Some symptoms occur in both the common cold and COVID-19 (such as cough, fever, runny nose or congestion), but there are key differences. More severe symptoms such as very high fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, vomiting and diarrhea are not classic symptoms of the common cold, but may be associated with COVID-19. COVID-19 can be particularly severe in people with pre-existing illness. If you have further questions about your symptoms or COVID-19, please discuss with your healthcare professional. You can also visit the CDC website for more helpful information. https://www.cdc.gov/features/rhinoviruses/index.html


2. How does COVID-19 and the flu differ?

The flu and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses caused by different viruses. Flu is caused by being infected with influenza viruses (A, B, and C), while COVID-19 is caused by being infected with a novel coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. Some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are very similar i.e. fever, fatigue, cough, body aches making it hard to tell the difference based on symptom presentation alone. Testing may be required to make a diagnosis.

Although flu and COVID-19 share many characteristics, they also have some key differences. More severe symptoms such as very high fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, vomiting, and diarrhea are not classic symptoms of flu but may be associated with COVID-19. COVID-19 can be particularly severe in people with pre-existing illness. If you have further questions about your symptoms or COVID-19, please discuss with your healthcare professional. You can also visit the CDC website for more helpful information by clicking the link https://www.cdc.gov/flu/symptoms/flu-vs-covid19.htm#table


3. Can Delsym be used to treat and/or prevent COVID-19?

Delsym products have not been tested in and are not specifically indicated for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19, however, products in the Delsym range may help to alleviate some specific milder symptoms. The Delsym family of products contain several active ingredients which are commonly used to treat a variety of symptoms related to cold and flu. These include cough, fever, headache, runny nose, congestion and sore throat. Many of these symptoms may be reported by people with COVID-19. The CDC advises self-care for COVID-19 sufferers with milder symptoms, this includes getting rest, staying hydrated and taking over-the-counter medicines such as acetaminophen to feel better. If you have further questions about your symptoms or COVID-19, please discuss with your healthcare professional. You can also visit the CDC website for more helpful information. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html.


4. Does Delsym alleviate symptoms associated with COVID-19?

Delsym products have not been tested in and are not specifically indicated for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19, however, products in the Delsym range may help to alleviate some of the milder symptoms. The Delsym family of products contain several active ingredients which are commonly used to treat a variety of symptoms related to cold and flu. These include cough, fever, headache, runny nose, congestion and sore throat. Many of these symptoms may be reported by people with COVID-19. The CDC advises self-care for COVID-19 sufferers with milder symptoms, this includes getting rest, staying hydrated and taking over-the-counter medicines such as acetaminophen to feel better. If you have further questions about your symptoms or COVID-19, please discuss with your healthcare professional. You can also visit the CDC website for more helpful information. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html


5. What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

People with COVID-19 report a wide range of symptoms, from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. These symptoms include, but are not limited to cough, fever, headache, runny nose, congestion and sore throat. Many of these symptoms may be reported by people with COVID-19. Not all people exposed to the virus will show or feel symptoms. The CDC advises self-care for COVID-19 sufferers with milder symptoms, this includes getting rest, staying hydrated and taking over-the-counter medicines such as acetaminophen to feel better. If you have further questions about your symptoms or COVID-19, please discuss with your healthcare professional. You can also visit the CDC website for more helpful information. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html


6. How to protect yourself and others?

COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets, typically when an infected individual coughs, talks or sneezes. The best way to protect yourself and others is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Important to note that asymptomatic people can also spread the virus. The CDC recommends key precautions"

  • frequent hand washing with soap and water
  • using a hand sanitizer that contains at least60% alcohol when soap and water is not available
  • avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • give a 6 feet distance whenever possible, especially with people living outside of your household
  • covering your mouth and nose with a mask when around others
  • covering coughs and sneezes
  • avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands
  • cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily

The CDC also recommends getting a flu vaccine to reduce the risk of flu illness and subsequent complications. It can also help save healthcare resources for the care of COVID-19 patients. Closely monitoring your health. If you have further questions about how to prevent getting sick, please discuss with your healthcare professional. You can also visit the CDC website for more helpful information. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html#:~:text=-%20Some%20people%20without%20symptoms,)%20from%20other%20people