Until now, doctors and researchers have focused on saving the lives of the sickest COVID-19 patients. This month, hospitals are rolling out trials in North Texas aimed at keeping those with milder COVID-19 symptoms from getting worse.

“When COVID hit, we were frantically trying to save patients,” said Dr. Nancy Rollins, associate dean of clinical research at UT Southwestern Medical Center. “As we’ve gotten a handle on how to better care for patients in the acute setting, the question has arisen: Can we decrease the number of patients with COVID who ultimately end up going into the hospital?”

This week, UT Southwestern opened a dedicated outpatient clinic to test a half-dozen treatments for patients with mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19. Baylor Scott & White Health has also launched outpatient trials.

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