A COVID Cure May Be Just a Dream

May 18, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified May 19, 2020

According to an article presented by Kaiser Health News, a cure for the disease that has killed over 304,000 people may never arrive. While hundreds of drugs are being reviewed from around the world, “I don’t see a lot of home runs right now,” claims Dr. Carlos del Rio, professor of infectious diseases at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. “I see a lot of strikeouts.”

In most cases, the immune system neutralizes the coronavirus and the patient can recover without having to go to the hospital. In some cases, the immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks not only the virus, but the patient’s own cells. Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, discussed researchers testing immune suppressing drugs in an effort to calm the immune system. “Until vaccines and other preventive medicines are developed, the best way to prevent coronavirus infections is to maintain social distancing,” Adalja said. “Social distancing is a blunt tool, but it’s all we have.”

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