The US to Start Human Testing of Drug to Combat the Coronavirus
The coronavirus has been in the news for quite some time, but as the virus is now hitting the US shores, a drug to combat the virus is on its way.
The University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, the National Institutes of Health has a test drug called remdesivir, which is currently in clinical trials.
However, without an official approved vaccine for the virus, some fear the mortality rates will be similar to China.
As of today, there are 60 confirmed cases in the US. The virus has killed more than 2,700 people worldwide and has infected 80,000 in the past few months.
The symptoms of the coronavirus include a runny nose, cough, sore throat, possibly a headache and maybe a fever, pretty much the same symptoms of the common cold which can last a few days. The very young, the elderly and those with weak immune systems are more at risk.
To help prevent the possible spread or avoid getting infected, avoid people who are sick, avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth and wash your hands for about 20 seconds with soap. If you are infected, the symptoms may go away on their own and if the symptoms get worse, go and see a doctor.
According to CNN, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases warns about the possible spread of the virus, says,
“It’s not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but rather more a question of exactly when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illness.”Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
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