Some positives in this global crisis
UPDATE: No doubt readers will recall that there have been some unscrupulous people profiteering from COVID antigen swab tests . Now we wait for a simple finger prick antibody blood test to be made available to the public . Announcements in the press say that the tests will be provided to NHS and support staff and seriously ill patients first before being retailed through Amazon and Boots . The test will be a game changer because we will be able to tell patients for certain whether they have the virus now or have had it in the past and once recovered that they carry antibodies which confirm past infection and hopefully current immunity . Look out for information from Boots and Amazon . IF any of my patients has a test I would be very grateful if you would let me know the result for your records .
Good news gleaned from general browsing.
- China has closed down its last coronavirus hospital. Not enough new cases to support them.
- Apple reopens all 42 china stores.
- Doctors in India have been successful in treating Coronavirus. Combination of drugs used: Lopinavir, Retonovir, Oseltamivir along with Chlorphenamine. They are going to suggest same medicine, globally.
- Researchers of the Erasmus Medical Center claim to have found an antibody against coronavirus.
- Cleveland Clinic developed a COVID-19 test that gives results in hours, not days.
- A San Diego biotech company is developing a Covid-19 vaccine in collaboration with Duke University and National University of Singapore.
- Plasma from newly recovered patients from Covid -19 can treat others infected by Covid-19.
- A combination of hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin may be effective in treating COVID-19
These news items are unproven but while the current situation is very serious, there is hope and scientists around the world are working hard to find effective treatments and vaccines.
And this image demonstrate why we are being asked to socially distance for the time being. This is an effective way to help reduce the spread of viruses.
Be kind , support the vulnerable, follow the guidelines and be patient.
Date posted: 27 March 2020
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