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Treating coronavirus – how an old therapy can help beat a new virus

The Honorable Newt Gingrich

By Newt Gingrich (original source Fox News)

“A major key to beating the new coronavirus will be the development of a range of therapies that will let us lead normal lives as we defeat the disease.

Finding and developing therapies can occur much faster than finding a vaccine. Indeed, with HIV/AIDS we have yet to find a vaccine. In fact, a recent estimate is that 2030 might be the earliest we can expect a vaccine for that virus. However, the number of successful therapies has reduced the danger of HIV/AIDS dramatically.

With COVID-19, we have the advantage that over the years we have developed a number of therapies to help people recover from contagious diseases. One such therapy is the use of convalescent plasma. This uses the blood of someone who has survived the virus and recovered to help bolster the immune systems of the infected.”

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