A possible breakthrough treatment for the COVID-19 virus is being tested in Missouri. Scientists at Saint Louis University’s Center for Vaccine Development say the experimental drug remdesivir could offer life-saving treatment for Covid-19.
“This is the first ray of light that we’ve seen so far in this long and terrible outbreak,” said Dr. Sarah George, Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases at Saint Louis University. “We saw some people who were very, very ill, who did get better.”
The country’s top infectious disease doctor announced the breakthrough at the White House last week.
“The data shows that remdesivir has a clear cut significant positive effect in diminishing the time to recovery. This is really quite important,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the National Institutes of Allergies and Infectious Disease director.
The preliminary data shows remdesivir cut the recovery time for patients in the hospital from 15 to 11 days. The mortality rate also dropped.