Potential Cures Provide Some Light At The End Of A Very Dark Tunnel
Promising COVID-19 vaccine research by several companies offers hope that people will soon be returning to concerts, festivals and sports events.
Johnson & Johnson has teamed up with pharmaceutical rival Moderna to work on a vaccine and Oxford University in England has already created a potential drug that is already in the testing phase. There is also a drug in the U.S., being administered to patients, ahead of FDA approval. A long-ago shelved drug called remdsivir is being seen by some as an immediate solution to the problem.
The push to develop a vaccine and a cure for COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, is on a pace never before seen in the world.
And with confirmed cases and deaths still happening and people around the globe bursting at the seams to get out of their houses, any sliver of news about a possible cure is reason for optimism.
For those missing the party scene, Zoom gatherings for canceled or postponed events like the Kentucky Derby and watching on-line performances by bands is good for now, but they know nothing is like being at the real thing.
For sports fans, watching NASCAR and PGA Tour events (and, possibly soon Major League Baseball, as well) without fans fills an empty void but isn’t not the same as being at the track, venue or stadium.
And it certainly would be difficult to stomach a fall without football.
So imagine being able to g to games, being outdoors, eating out at restaurants and partying in bars and at festivals and concerts.
Imagine being able to give someone a hug, to engage in close conversation, to hold up cups of beer and do “cheers” without thinking “hey, has that person been tested?”
And being able to do all that without having to wear a mask.
At least the research provides promise and gives people something to look forward to while stuck at home. And on social Zoom gatherings.