Work Matter : What is a Placebo? Know how it is related to corona patients and vaccine


In December last year, when Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij got infected even after getting the corona vaccine, then a lot of questions were raised about the vaccine whether corona vaccines are effective or not? Apart from this, a volunteer involved in the trial of Covaxin also died in December itself, after which many people questioned the vaccine. Another thing that was discussed a lot in the midst of these developments is the placebo. Then a company called Bharat Biotech had said that in the third phase of the trial, 50 percent of the people are given the vaccine while the other 50 percent are given a placebo. Now that people have learned about the vaccine and its efficacy, a lot of people still don't know about the placebo. Although it is not a new term, it has been in vogue for quite some time. Let us know what is this placebo after all?

In a recent study, it has been found that the drug azithromycin on corona patients acts only like a placebo, that is, after consuming the drug, patients feel that they have got relief, whereas, in reality, it does not.

Experts say that a placebo is such a thing that does not have any effect on the body like a vaccine or medicine, but doctors use it to know how much and what kind of mental effect the medicine has on a person.

Experts say that if the placebo is understood in a common language, then it is a medical method in which medicine is not used, but the patient is treated by creating illusions or on the basis of realization. That is, a patient is given a pill or 'fake' injection that looks like a drug, but is not actually a drug.

Placebo therapy is also called 'deceptive treatment'. In fact, if a patient feels that he will be cured by taking medicine or by taking an injection, then it is possible that he is given a pill that looks like medicine and he gets cured by taking it. Although there is no scientific basis for placebo therapy, sometimes patients get cured of it.

Sources and references:

Effect of Oral Azithromycin vs Placebo on COVID-19 Symptoms in Outpatients With SARS-CoV-2 Infection

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