Coronavirus Roundup for April 11-17
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Pandemic news highlights of the week
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Tanya Lewis at Scientific American provides this update on the most widely discussed drugs and treatments for COVID-19 currently being tested for their effectiveness and safety in humans (4/15/20). Doctors already may give these treatments to patients under special authorizations issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. I have seen televised interviews with hospital doctors saying they often try everything they can with COVID-19 patients in hopes that they respond — anti-viral drugs, blood plasma injections, interleukin-6 blockers, or chloroquine/hydroxychloroquine.

"Coronavirus destroys lungs. But doctors are finding its damage in kidneys, hearts and elsewhere," reads the headline of a 4/15/20 story in The Washington Post. COVID-19 is thought of as primarily a respiratory disease, but health care workers also report early evidence of "heart inflammation, acute kidney disease, neurological malfunction, blood clots, intestinal damage and liver problems," report Lenny Bernstein, Carolyn Y. Johnson, Sarah Kaplan,…
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