Coronavirus too complex for quick cure, but small steps are ...


Coronavirus too complex for quick cure, but small steps are being made

Don’t pin your hopes on a knockout blow. Finding an effective treatment for Covid will be a long fight

Harry de Quetteville

Covid-19 is not just a respiratory illness. It attacks the heart and kidneys, too. Even the brain. It can transform the blood with fatal clots, like flour causing lumpy gravy. No one really knows why.

So doctors seeking to treat the sick cast about online and call colleagues in other hospitals, even other countries, to hear tips and experience which might help them save a patient.

In some places ventilators are now being joined by dialysis machines as vital bits of kit in huge demand. By the time this is over, it will not just be machines that help you breathe that symbolise Covid-19, but machines that purify the blood, drugs that thin the blood, infusions that boost your immune response and drugs that tamp that immune response down...

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