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  • Welcome to week four of Washington DC's

  • official lockdown.

  • Though for many of us residents of the city

  • it's been a lot longer that we've

  • been confined to our homes for.

  • For me and my family, we've now been here for about six weeks.

  • For the next few weeks and months

  • I will be bringing you a weekly blog trying

  • to answer some of the policy questions

  • that we're all asking right now related

  • to the coronavirus crisis.

  • How deadly is this disease?

  • When will the lockdowns end?

  • What will life look like afterwards?

  • Right now, I'm thinking a lot about disinfectant.

  • I'm speaking just hours after several major household goods

  • companies were forced to issue warnings to their customers

  • telling them not to drink or inject disinfectant.

  • And that's because US President Donald Trump wondered aloud

  • from his press conference podium last night whether doing so

  • might actually constitute an effective treatment

  • for coronavirus.

  • By now, many of us will have seen

  • the video doing the rounds of his medical adviser Dr Deborah

  • Birx, apparently trying to hide her reaction to the president

  • as he was speaking.

  • But actually, there's a more serious underlying issue here.

  • I suspect that one of the reasons that the president was

  • talking in this way was that it reflects a growing

  • pessimism among many people about the potential treatments

  • for coronavirus.

  • Earlier this week the FT revealed

  • that rendesivir, the drug being developed by the company

  • Gilead, has not proven effective in its first round

  • of clinical trials, and in fact caused

  • serious side effects for some of the patients being treated.

  • Then this morning the US Food and Drugs Administration

  • has warned doctors about prescribing hydroxychloroquine.

  • That's the drug that the president has also

  • talked glowingly about, particularly in conjunction

  • with azithromycin, an antibiotic.

  • The FDA said this morning that those drugs,

  • when taken together, or in fact, just

  • hydroxychloroquine on its own, could cause heart problems

  • for some patients.

  • All this tells us that we're still

  • very much at the early stages of dealing

  • with this new coronavirus.

  • We remain, I suspect, many months away from a treatment,

  • and certainly more than a year away from a vaccine.

  • What that tells me then is that when the lockdowns do start

  • to end, as we're seeing in some parts of Europe, for example,

  • and of course some parts of China,

  • is that they will have to be ended very, very

  • gradually indeed to make sure that the health

  • systems worldwide don't get very quickly overwhelmed.

Welcome to week four of Washington DC's

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    洪子雯 posted on 2020/04/28
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