Early Thursday, the entire country, and the world for that matter, got some very good news on the battle against coronavirus.
President Trump announced hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug, could be made available almost immediately as a treatment for coronavirus.
Treatment First, Vaccine Later
Everyone needs to fully understand that a treatment and a vaccine are treated significantly differently by the FDA.
To get a vaccine to market, it generally takes anywhere from 12 to 18 months to run through the standard testing.
The vaccine goes through various stages, and there simply is no way to work around that if we want a safe and effective vaccine.
In terms of a treatment, these can be brought to market or used significantly quicker than a vaccine.
In many cases, this is because existing drugs are used to treat those infected.
The key challenge in these cases is to find the proper dosage to ensure those given the drugs are being treated properly.
In the case of the coronavirus, we have seen reports of the drug mentioned above as well as several HIV drugs and some experimental drugs that have been effective.
It is very reasonable to think that we could have a possible treatment before the end of the month.
We talk about this in just about every post we make on the coronavirus right now, but it is a point we need to make sure everyone understands.
Over the last week, a significant number of tests have been made available to states.
In addition to the added testing, private labs are now pitching in to help the processing effort.
These two factors combined have resulted in a significant increase in positive cases being reported.
Per Dr. Birx, that number is going to continue to rise significantly over the next week or so as processing catches up to the testing that has been done.
Additionally, hot spots like New York that were only conducting a few hundred tests a day are now conducting thousands of tests a day.
The mainstream media will undoubtedly try to create panic over this, but the panic level needs to be dialed down because we know this is going to happen.