The novel coronavirus could become endemic like HIV, the WHO warned yesterday.
It will take a “massive effort” to counter it even with a vaccine—a prospect WHO emergencies expert Mike Ryan called a “massive moonshot”, according to Reuters.
Still, doctors are encouraged by treatments that appear to limit the severity or length of the infection, Reuters reports. “We were flying blind,” Jose Pascual, a critical care doc at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, told The Washington Post, adding, “There is nothing more disturbing for me as a doctor.”
Among the new but still-imperfect tools: blood plasma treatments derived from survivors; drugs to suppress the overactive immune response; anticoagulants against deadly clots, and antivirals like remdesivir.
And researchers are learning more daily. Highlights:
- Smoking significantly worsens COVID-19, according to UC San Francisco researchers who conducted a meta-analysis of smoking and disease progression published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research.
- More than a third of hospitalized COVID-19 patients had kidney injuries and nearly 15% required dialysis, Reuters reports, citing a New York state study published in Kidney International.
- A new study from Italy’s epicenter published yesterday in The Lancetmade the strongest connection to date that SARS-CoV-2 might cause a severe form of Kawasaki-like disease in children; they observed a 30-fold increase in cases of the syndrome after COVID-19 began spreading in Bergamo, The New York Times reports.