Radiation Emerges as an Intriguing and Divisive Treatment for COVID-19

July 17, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

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

Last modified July 20, 2020

As COVID-19 has continued to snowball and researchers continue to search every possible avenue for a treatment, an old idea for treating inflammation in the lungs has resurfaced: low-dose radiation therapy. According to this recent article published by STAT News, the idea originally emerged after scientists found data suggesting that small amounts of radiation could combat pneumonia, and now at least a dozen trials worldwide are testing whether low doses of radiation could help reduce inflammation in the lungs of those with COVID-19. But experts are divided on the issue, with some suggesting that radiation to the lungs could exacerbate damage to the organ.

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