Experts from around the globe are fighting to find viable treatments for the COVID-19 disease and they are also struggling to have a successful and safe vaccine out by the end of this year.
Earlier today, it’s been revealed that after all the struggle that the whole humanity has been through, it seems that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
NBC News just revealed that Dr. Anthony Fauci predicted that a coronavirus vaccine would be available by the end of this year.
“I believe that by the time we get to the end of this calendar year that we will feel comfortable that we do have a safe and effective vaccine,” Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on NBC’s “TODAY” this week.
New studies suggest there’s a treatment for seriously ill patients
Another great news reached the media these days. NPR.org notes that there are three new studies that are strongly supporting using some really cheap and widely available drugs in order to treat people who are seriously ill with COVID-19.
These drugs are steroids and the research that has been published this Wednesday is only confirming that this is the most effective treatment that’s been found so far.
The online publication mentioned above notes that at first, using these drugs was really controversial for COVID-19 patients. On the other hand, there are doctors who have long used steroids to treat conditions related to COVID-19, namely sepsis and acute respiratory distress syndrome.
Steroids help tamp down the immunity’s violent reactions
The online publication mentioned above notes that “steroids help tamp down the immune system’s potentially deadly overreaction to an infection.”
But some doctors worried that steroids could turn out preventing the body from fighting off the coronavirus effectively.
“Giving steroids to COVID-19 could have been quite scary,” says Dr. Derek Angus.
But, it’s been reported that back in June, a major study from the U.K. found that the steroid dexamethasone was a success.
It reduced deaths significantly among the most serious cases of COVID-19.
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