As the number of Coronavirus cases rises, researchers look for a cure. While scientists try out new ideas, the world is wondering: What treatments or vaccines may be coming soon?
Antivirals: Hit or Miss
Scientists have been trying out medicines used to fight other viruses, in the hopes that these could help combat COVID-19. The results are mixed. So far, the most promising antiviral drug seems to be Chloroquine, which has long been used to fight a disease called malaria.
A New Way for Donated Blood to Save Lives?
Early reports out of China show that blood plasma from people who have recovered from Coronavirus can help others fight off the infection. Countries around the world, including the U.S., are now testing this solution.
Can a Vaccine Stop COVID-19?
Scientists are also working to create an anti-Coronavirus vaccine. The mRNA-1273 vaccine is in the human trial phase now.
Some researchers believe the bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) tuberculosis vaccine might help protect against COVID-19. It has been used to prevent both tuberculosis and leprosy. Some studies show it may protect against infections of the lungs and lower respiratory system.
When the scientific problems have all been solved, it doesn;t mean the public will quickly get access to the drug. Mass production takes money, and lots of it. Government agencies must approve drugs before they are given to the public. A nation that discovers a cure might give its own population first shot at the treatment.
When science catches up to the Coronavirus, what could the treatment look like?