Even if we find drugs that are effective against the coronavirus, that does not necessarily mean they will change the wider situation and help end lockdowns

Even if we find drugs that are effective against the coronavirus, that does not necessarily mean they will change the wider situation and help end lockdowns

By Michael Le Page
What kind of drug could actually tip the scales in the fight against the new coronavirus?
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We keep hearing claims that this or that drug will be a game changer in the coronavirus pandemic. So what would a treatment have to do to be a game changer?
Firstly, it needs to work. Most of the reported results from experiments that have been hurriedly set up in response to the covid-19 outbreak are either not from rigorous randomised controlled trials, or involve such small numbers that the results are far from conclusive. “No therapies …

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