Treatment/Cure

There is no specific treatment or vaccine available for COVID-19 currently. Supportive care is available for extreme cases, and those at higher risk of not recovering are hospitalized.

WHO reports that possible vaccines and medicines to treat COVID-9 are undergoing clinical trials presently. In the meantime, the best you can do is take basic protective measures to prevent catching and/or transmitting the disease.

Some specific instances of the aforementioned clinical trials are as follows:

  • ‘Solidarity’ is an international mega-trial being conducted primarily by WHO, but in collaboration with certain partners. It aims to compare four different treatment options for COVID-19 and assess their relative effectiveness.
  • Hydroxychloroquine is an anti-malaria drug that some have suggested could be used to treat the novel coronavirus. There is little evidence to prove its effectiveness in treating the virus. However, certain studies in countries including China and France have found that the drug is able to clear COVID-19 infections in a few days.
  • The medical faculty at the University Hospital Southampton is preparing to trial an inhaled drug that could perhaps prevent the worsening of COVID-19 symptoms for those at high-risk.
  • The University of Nebraska Medical Center is beginning a randomized trial that tests the efficacy of remdesivir, a novel antiviral drug, in treating COVID-19.