No More Kitchen Sink But Still Flying Blind

Progress: Doctors are no longer “throwing the kitchen sink” of treatments at COVID-19 patients, USA Today reports.
 
From the steroid dexamethasone to proning, blood thinners, and monoclonal antibodies, there are many COVID-fighting tools that weren’t known a year ago, as USA Today outlines in another article.
 
But after a year of trial and error, US doctors are still largely flying blind.
 
In part, that’s because the US hasn’t funded centralized, multicenter clinical trials to prove whether drugs worked or not.
 
With the help of volunteers, unfunded efforts like the STOP-COVID have gathered lots of revealing data based on treatments hospitals have tried. But they do not meet the standard of randomized clinical trials, which pose a massive ethical quandary: giving a placebo to gravely ill patients.

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