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Is there a cure for COVID-19?

There’s currently no cure for the coronavirus.  There are, however, things patients can do to alleviate symptoms. 

Treatment for mild symptoms includes pain relievers, medication for a sore throat and cough, plenty of rest, and fluids. More serious symptoms—which include a dry cough, fever, and shortness of breath—can be treated by a doctor or in the hospital if it’s deemed necessary. 

Although there are several medicines in clinical trials, it’s important to remember that health organizations have not yet found evidence that any medicine can prevent or cure the illness. Do not self-medicate with any medicines or antibiotics.

But there might be hope. The WHO announced on March 18 it was starting a trial to study untested treatments for the virus in countries like Argentina, Bahrain, Canada, France, Iran, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, and Thailand. The idea is to try to determine if drugs approved for other diseases to determine could also work on COVID-19. 

“This large, international study is designed to generate the robust data we need to show which treatments are the most effective”, said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Science Magazine called it “an unprecedented effort—an all-out, coordinated push to collect robust scientific data rapidly during a pandemic.”

Sources: World Health Organization, Mayo Clinic, Science Mag


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