Concern over the Wuhan coronavirus is understandably high.
The number of confirmed cases around the globe is still growing at a considerable rate.
But one CEO gave some hopeful news about the coronavirus outbreak.
Doom and gloom surrounding the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic is understandable; there are now over 800,000 cases worldwide with over 39,000 deaths.
In the United States alone there are over 166,000 cases with over 3,000 deaths.
However, there are some reasons to be optimistic.
Donald Trump parroted reports from doctors who had found success treating the virus with antimalarial drugs.
There is a lot of anecdotal evidence to suggest the treatment is effective.
“Lost” actor Daniel Dae Kim shared a video on social media saying the drugs helped him recover from his symptoms.
And now one CEO is expressing similar optimism about the drugs.
According to a report from Reuters:
“Novartis Chief Executive Vas Narasimhan said his Sandoz generics unit’s malaria, lupus and arthritis drug hydroxychloroquine is the company’s biggest hope against the coronavirus…”
This is in stark contrast to the know-nothing pundits who are summarily dismissing the efficacy of the drug.
“Novartis has pledged to donate 130 million doses and is supporting clinical trials needed before the medicine, which U.S. President Donald Trump also has been promoting, can be approved for use against the coronavirus.”
The antimalarial drugs should not be seen as a panacea for the virus, but there’s at least reason for optimism, which is why the media’s response is so baffling.
Instead of reporting straight news about the possible benefits of the drugs, the corporate press is determined to torpedo the idea simply because Trump said it.
However, they didn’t bat an eye when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo mentioned the same drugs.
The American people want to know that the pandemic can be controlled, so potentially effective treatment shouldn’t be so easily discarded.
One governor even banned prescription of the drugs to treat the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, foreign countries are authorizing usage of the drug to quell their growing outbreaks.
Narasimhan’s donation of drugs could go a long way in stemming the rising tide of cases.
The mortality rate for the illness is relatively low, but it’s still doing considerable damage because it’s so easily transmitted.
Health experts say it will take 12-18 months to develop an effective vaccine for the coronavirus, so the malaria drug cocktail could be a lifesaver in the interim.
The pandemic has killed at least 39,000 people (likely many more because China and Iran’s numbers cannot be trusted and many countries don’t have testing capabilities), so lives can be saved if these drugs are effective.
People want genuine optimism, and this could be it.
Now we wait and see as more evidence rolls in.