How close are we to finding a cure for COVID-19?
There is no cure for COVID-19. However, researchers are working on both drug treatments and a vaccine. There are more than 100 vaccines now in the works and some have even shown promise in human trials. Still, a vaccine wouldn’t likely be available until at earliest the late fall 2020 or some time in 2021.
In the meantime, the FDA has approved the anti-viral medication remdesiver (Veklury) for treatment in hospitalized patients with COVID. It has been found to help in recovery of those severely affcted by COVID-19. That said, remdesivir is not a cure.
The anti-malaria drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine were originally granted emergency use, but that was later revoked after studies found that it’s “unlikely to be effective” against COVID-19 in addition to the serious side effects it can cause.
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