Gilead Pharmaceuticals originally designed the antiviral drug to treat Ebola, but results were disappointing. Instead, remdesivir has become the world’s first authorized therapy treatment for Covid-19.
Recent weeks have witnessed a relentless quest for a viable Covid-19 treatment, with at least 72 active trials underway in the US alone. These include experiments with the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, drugs that treat arthritis and a heartburn treatment.
Still, remdesivir is not the holy grail. While it may speed up recovery from Covid-19, it does not stop people from catching the novel coronavirus. Experts have repeatedly underlined that the pandemic will not subside until an effective vaccine is widely available.
YOU ASKED. WE ANSWERED
Q: The flu kills more people than coronavirus. Why shut down the economy for this?
A: This is no longer true. The US death toll from coronavirus this year has exceeded 65,000, surpassing the high-end estimate for flu deaths since October.
WHAT’S IMPORTANT TODAY
India reports its biggest single-day jump in cases
And while testing rates per capita are very low in India, experts say the country seems to be catching most of the moderate and serious cases. If a huge surge in Covid-19 cases were not being caught by testing, experts add, hospitals would be crowded with cases and there would be a spike in flu-like symptoms. That has not been the case.
India’s strict lockdown measures were originally scheduled to lift Sunday, but they were recently extended for another two weeks.
White House blocks Fauci from testifying
He came home from hospital to die. His son kept him alive
When Suri Nathwani returned from hospital, he pleaded with his son Raj to be allowed to die at home. Death was not an outcome Raj was willing to accept, but he knew his father’s chances of surviving coronavirus were not good.
‘If your child is hungry, you will eat your rulers to feed your children’
Income disparity in Tripoli, Lebanon’s poorest city, has historically been stark. These days, however, locals say it is unbearable.
The city roils with violent demonstrations, known as “hunger protests” that restarted this week, just as Lebanon was loosening its coronavirus lockdown and beginning to address poor living conditions exacerbated by the economy’s near shutdown.
Eye-opening study may provide blueprint for reopening
A new study from South Korea details how the country dealt with a coronavirus outbreak in a high-rise building in the busiest part of Seoul. The early intervention included closing the entire block, extensive testing and the quarantine of infected people along with their contacts.
ON OUR RADAR
- All roads into Gallup, a city in northwestern New Mexico, have been closed to control the spread of coronavirus.
- The FDA has approved a high-pressure ventilator prototype developed by NASA engineers to help coronavirus patients.
- Arkansas abortion providers and the American Civil Liberties Union are suing state officials for restricting abortion. They want to keep the state from requiring those seeking an abortion to first get a negative Covid-19 test. They say the rule is unwarranted, given that people are allowed to frequent restaurants and gyms without negative tests.
- A Connecticut pastor is memorializing every Covid-19 victim in the state with a white flag. He is running out of flags and room.
- Disinfectant wipes are hard to come by these days. But one company found a clever solution to put them back on shelves.
- A British brewer is giving away beer in exchange for donations for the National Health Service.
- A Japanese aquarium wants you to FaceTime its shy eels. Absent frequent gawkers, they are beginning to hide when aquarium staff members pass by their tank. That is a problem because staff are unable to check up on the fish and ensure they are healthy.
- Princess Charlotte, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, is celebrating her fifth birthday today. The little princess has been busy delivering food to pensioners who are isolating because of the virus.
Face masks have become a part of life.