Tag: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Remdesivir Coronavirus Trial: Federal Scientists Finally Publish Data

Nearly a month after federal scientists claimed that an experimental drug had helped patients severely ill with the coronavirus, the research has been published. The drug, remdesivir, was quickly authorized by the Food and Drug Administration for treatment of coronavirus patients, and hospitals rushed to obtain supplies. But until now, researchers and physicians had not […]

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Treating Mild Coronavirus Cases Could Help Save Everyone

The president’s decision is puzzling. And yet it does highlight the urgent need to devote more attention and resources to drugs that can prevent Covid-19 or stop mild cases from getting worse. To date, about a dozen studies on therapies for Covid-19 have been published; all were conducted on hospitalized patients, typically with severe symptoms. […]

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Amid Hydroxychloroquine Uproar, Real Studies of Drug Are Suffering

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s enthusiastic embrace of a malaria drug that he now says he takes daily without proof that it is effective against Covid-19 — and the resulting uproar in the news media — appears to be interfering with legitimate scientific research into whether the medicine might work to prevent coronavirus infection or treat […]

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Haphazard Rollout of Coronavirus Drug Frustrates Doctors

When the Food and Drug Administration granted an emergency approval last week for an antiviral drug, remdesivir, to treat hospitalized coronavirus patients, many doctors were overjoyed. The drug is the first shown to be even mildly effective against the virus. But bafflement soon followed as doctors and hospitals tried to obtain the drug. Small community […]

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How Remdesivir, New Hope for Covid-19 Patients, Was Resurrected

Remdesivir, an antiviral drug designed to treat both hepatitis and a common respiratory virus, seemed fated to join thousands of other failed medications after proving useless against those diseases. The drug was consigned to the pharmaceutical scrap heap, all but forgotten by the scientists who once championed it. But on Friday, the Food and Drug […]

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Gilead Claims ‘Positive Data’ to Come From N.I.H. Trial of Remdesivir

Gilead Sciences on Wednesday announced that the company “is aware of positive data” from a federal trial of its experimental coronavirus drug, remdesivir, even as a new study reported that the drug offered no benefit to severely ill patients in China. Neither Gilead nor officials at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, sponsor […]

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As Trump Promoted Drugs, Prescriptions Surged in Spite of Risks

It was at a midday briefing last month that President Trump first used the White House telecast to promote two antimalarial drugs in the fight against the coronavirus. “I think it could be something really incredible,” Mr. Trump said on March 19, noting that while more study was needed, the two drugs had shown “very, […]

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F.D.A. Warns of Heart Problems From Malaria Drugs Used for Coronavirus

The drugs can cause dangerous abnormalities in heart rhythm in coronavirus patients, and should be used only in clinical trials or hospitals where patients can be closely monitored for heart problems, the Food and Drug Administration warned in a safety communication issued on Friday. Results of small studies have trickled out in the last few […]

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New U.S. Treatment Guidelines for Covid-19 Don’t See Much Progress

The federal agency led by Dr. Anthony Fauci issued guidelines on Tuesday that stated there is no proven drug for treating coronavirus patients, a finding that essentially reinforces Dr. Fauci’s dissent from President Trump’s repeated promotion of certain drugs without evidence to support their use. The report echoed what frustrated doctors already know: Not enough […]

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Disposable N95 Masks Can Be Decontaminated, Researchers Confirm

Researchers have confirmed that there are several effective methods for decontaminating the N95 masks worn by health professionals so that they can be used more than once, the National Institutes of Health announced Wednesday. A substantial body of research already showed that the masks, designed for one-time use, can be reused in a crisis. And […]

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Despite Qualms, Arthritis Drug Is to Be Tested in Coronavirus Study

An Eli Lilly drug for rheumatoid arthritis carries a warning on its label saying patients with infections should not take it because it can make infections worse. Yet the National Institutes of Health is about to test it in people hospitalized with coronavirus infections. The study, whose innovative design is meant to find out — […]

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As Coronavirus Spreads, So Does Thirst for Dr. Anthony Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fauci has been the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for more than 35 years. He has won the Ernst Jung Prize for his contributions to biomedical sciences, and then-President George W. Bush presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008. Despite the countless honors and […]

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I’m a Red-State Mayor and I Ordered My City to Stay Home

On Saturday, Tulsa, Okla., and Oklahoma City joined 43 of the nation’s 50 largest cities in America that had ordered residents to “shelter in place.” The public response was swift and intense. Many people thanked me for taking action to save lives in our community. Others compared me to Hitler. That is what it is […]

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Trump Confronts a New Reality Before an Expected Wave of Disease and Death

WASHINGTON — Five weeks ago, when there were 60 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States, President Trump expressed little alarm. “This is a flu,” he said. “This is like a flu.” He was still likening it to an ordinary flu as late as Friday. By Tuesday, however, with more than 187,000 recorded […]

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C.D.C. Weighs Advising Everyone to Wear a Mask

Should healthy people be wearing masks when they’re outside to protect themselves and others? Both the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have repeatedly said that ordinary citizens do not need to wear masks unless they are sick and coughing. And as health care workers around the world face shortages […]

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A Single Gesture Behind Trump Fuels an Online Conspiracy Theory

At a White House briefing on the coronavirus on March 20, President Trump called the State Department the “Deep State Department.” Behind him, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, dropped his head and rubbed his forehead. Some thought Dr. Fauci was slighting the president, leading to […]

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Larry Kramer, AIDS Warrior, Takes on Another Plague

Larry Kramer, the AIDS activist who became that epidemic’s wrathful prophet, is now writing a play for the age of Covid-19, perhaps the last work he will ever write. “It’s about gay people having to live through three plagues,” he said Tuesday from his apartment in Greenwich Village, where he is becoming increasingly isolated. “I […]

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Man Fatally Poisons Himself While Self-Medicating for Coronavirus, Doctor Says

An Arizona man died and his wife was hospitalized after officials said they treated themselves on Sunday with a deadly home remedy for the new coronavirus — a popular fish tank additive that has the same active ingredient as an anti-malaria drug. The drug, known as chloroquine phosphate or chloroquine, has been bandied about by […]

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Trump’s Embrace of Unproven Drugs to Treat Coronavirus Defies Science

At a long-winded White House briefing on Friday, President Trump enthusiastically and repeatedly promoted the promise of two long-used malaria drugs that are still unproven against the coronavirus, but being tested in clinical trials. “I’m a smart guy,” he said, while acknowledging he couldn’t predict the drugs would work. “I feel good about it. And […]

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Johnson Urged to Adopt Stronger Measures to Fight Virus in Britain

LONDON — When Prime Minister Boris Johnson last spoke to the British public about the coronavirus pandemic, four days ago, he was flanked by his chief medical and science advisers and issued a stark warning that “many more families are going to lose loved ones before their time.” Even then, the comparatively relaxed measures Mr. […]

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Trump Supporters Know Where to Turn in a Crisis: To Him

In the small town of Jonesborough, Tenn., nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, the Parent Teacher Association group text chat normally lights up with news of school dances and car-pooling schedules. Its main focus now is a global pandemic. Kerrie Aistrop, a 39-year-old mother of two, and her fellow moms exchange death-toll updates from the Centers […]

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Trump Is Tested for Coronavirus, and Experts Ask: What Took So Long?

After hosting a gathering with guests later found to be infected with the coronavirus, President Trump refrained from getting tested, let alone from self-quarantine, even as administration officials urged Americans to adopt stern new precautions. Mr. Trump finally underwent testing for the virus on Saturday morning and was reported to be negative on Saturday evening. […]

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Not His First Epidemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci Sticks to the Facts

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases, is widely respected for his ability to explain science without talking down to his audience — and lately, for managing to correct the president’s pronouncements without saying he is wrong. President Trump said that drug companies would make a coronavirus vaccine ready “soon.” Dr. Fauci […]

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