Remdesivir may not cure covid19 but the vaccine promises to help Covid19 patients recover. Remdesivir is a vaccine that has been under trials to help combat the symptoms of covid19.
The vaccine is produced by phamar company Gilead and is apparently not new on the scene. Remdesivir was being developed over the years and tested on several other viruses.
The first attempt was tried out as an Ebola treatment which never worked. The vaccine did work for other strains of corona such as MERS and SARS but is no way close to a cure. There is, in fact, no known cure for any coronavirus strain.
The Remdesivir is a sign of progress though because according to a study done by the NIH shows an 8% mortality rate compared to the 11.6% in patients given a placebo.
The remdesivir also showed a 31% improvement in hospitalised patients compared to ones given a placebo. Further the vaccine works as quickly as five days in helping patients improve.
This vaccine may not be the cure that we are all hoping for but it makes a world of difference in helping critical patients recover. This means that patients can get out of oxygen and ventilator support a lot quicker, and perhaps a lot less death by the corona.
Gilead has already donated over 1 million vaccines to be distributed to those in ailment. There is of course still a need for more human trials and tests before we can all start breathing those sighs of relief.
Meanwhile, countries in the Southern Hemisphere have been advised to seek the flu vaccine in order to protect themselves against what will be a wave of potential influenza.
Although the flu vaccine is not a preventative for coronavirus. It does decrease the mass potential of people seeking doctor’s visits and coming in contact with the coronavirus.
The fewer people in hospitals the better, to put it simply. The war against the coronavirus is still very much underway.
To families grieving, my heart goes out to you and yours. To those feeling a little anxious, you are not alone. As a human collective, we are anxious. Let us make sure that we dish out the best of ourselves in these times.
Whether you are online or home with your families. The best way through is together. The cliches are annoyingly true. Here’s to another day under the covid19 shutdown.