For debate:DrNoGods wrote: [Replying to post 134 by AgnosticBoy]
I think we all need to tone down our fears about this virus, especially now that there's a treatment for covid-19:
That might be wording it a little too strongly. The tests showed two things:
1) Hospital stays were reduced from 15 days on average to 11 days.
2) The mortality rate was 8.0% vs. 11.6% for placebo.
These are certainly beneficial results, and technically a "treatment" as it improves the patient's condition. But an 8% mortality rate is still something to be concerned about and I think most people would consider that to suggest that we still need to remain vigilant. As the study doctors say, more work is needed. It is a treatment not a cure, and people can still die who get the drug as the study showed. So not pouring cold water on the results, but I doubt it will allay fear in most people just yet. Good news all the same.
Do we now have a treatment for covid-19?