The World Health Organization (WHO) announced this week that some Covid-19 treatments that are currently in the works have been successfully limiting the severity and length of the virus in infected individuals. They claim that there’s currently four to five treatments that are looking really promising, and they’re focusing a majority of their attention and resources on those.
The WHO has been leading the entire world in developing safe vaccines, tests, and drugs to prevent, diagnose, and most importantly, treat Covid-19. So far over 4 million individuals have been infected worldwide, and while the WHO’s main goal is a 100% effective vaccine that successfully protects and kills the virus, as of right now treating those who are sick is the top priority.
“We do have some treatments that seem to be in very early studies limiting the severity or the length of the illness but we do not have anything that can kill or stop the virus. We do have potentially positive data coming out but we need to see more data to be 100% confident that we can say this treatment over that one, more research is needed and planned,” WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said.
Pharmaceutical company, Gilead Science Inc., recently announced the successful use of the drug remdesivir as a treatment to combat the coronavirus. Based on the data that Gilead released, the drug treatment seems like one of the most effective and feasible treatments that’s been used so far.
In Hong Kong, a trial that involved 127 patients showed that a triple drug combination of antiviral medicines helped relieve symptoms in the patients; all of which had relatively mild/moderate cases. The drug combination consisted of antiviral medications that are typically used to combat diseases such as HIV, hepatitis, and multiple sclerosis. Specifically the medications involved in the cocktail were lopinavir-ritonavir (HIV), ribavirin (hepatitis), and interferon beta (MS); the control group for the experiment just received the HIV drug.
The WHO is continuing to emphasize to the public that while they do have all of their resources working on a vaccine, Covid-19 is a complex virus that we’re still learning new things about, so there’s no real way to determine if a vaccine will be ready by next month, next year, or in two years. However, more than 100 potential vaccines are currently undergoing trial periods right now worldwide, so there’s still plenty of hope. The WHO generally predicts a vaccine will be released to the public in a year.
“Around the world we have seen that the warnings we put out right from the start, very, very early on, were not seen as warnings about a very serious, lethal disease. The WHO, which has come under criticism especially from the United States for its handling of the pandemic, will be conducting an after-action review that would include a free and frank discussion on its performance,” Harris said.
Many Americans are claiming that the president is more focused on reopening the US’ economy than actual human lives, especially after he continuously focuses on efforts to reopen despite multiple health experts warning him to proceed with extreme caution. Considering the US is the most infected country with the most Covid-19-related deaths out of any other country in the world, Americans want one thing, a vaccine. So for now, we must continue to listen to our healthcare professionals and remain indoors until we know more about how to combat this virus.