This is when the first coronavirus drugs might actually be available

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  • Drugs and vaccines for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, are currently being tested and developed.
  • While some of the drugs being tested already exist on the market, they need to be put through their paces before they can be used widely to treat COVID-19.
  • A true coronavirus vaccine is almost certainly at least 18 months away from being made available.
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For the United States, the question is no longer whether or not it will take months for city- and state-wide shutdowns to end and our lives to go back to normal, but rather how many months it will take. Until we’re able to flatten the curve and ensure that our hospitals won’t be overwhelmed by an influx of sick patients who have been infected by the novel coronavirus, social distancing, shelter-in-place orders, and bans on large gatherings will be the norm. The only hope we have for expediting that process is the discovery of a drug that can treat COVID-19.

As it stands, there are no drugs or vaccines that have been approved to treat the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, no matter what the president claims. That said, treatments and medications are being tested and developed as I type this, and Matthew Harper of Stat News has offered up his forecast for when they might be ready.

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