• Chandan Aggarwal

The Race To Finding the Cure for COVID-19

First detected in December in Wuhan, China, COVID-19 has now become a pandemic affecting almost 1.5 million people worldwide and causing more than 80,000 deaths at the time of writing. According to the World Health Organization’s emergency expert, even measures like complete lock-down of cities and societies are not enough to whitewash COVID-19. We need to put proper public health measures in place to detect and isolate the patients from rest of the people. When that’s done, it is the virus that need to be tackled. As the COVID-19 cases have hit a steep exponential growth, all eyes are on the healthcare companies, researchers and academic institutions which are tirelessly working towards definitive treatments and vaccines.

Majority of the people infected with the COVID-19 display only minor symptoms including fever, cough, and runny nose. In the severe cases, the virus can cause Pneumonia in both lungs and organ failure, ultimately resulting in death. The treatments being trailed fall majorly into two categories:

1. Treating respiratory symptoms– particularly the inflammation that occurs in the lungs