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Anosmia, ‘happy hypoxia,’ and blood clots: What scientists know and don’t know

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The Covid-19 pandemic is an unprecedented event in modern medical practice, and health care providers are seeing extraordinary numbers of severely ill people. Many providers think the novel coronavirus is causing the human body to behave in weird ways. In some cases, they may be right — but not in all of them.


Dr. Bruce Ribner, who successfully treated multiple Americans with Ebola in 2014, offers perspective on Covid-19

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There’s little denying that the United States was ill-prepared for the coronavirus pandemic. Testing capacity is still staggeringly slow, health workers don’t have enough protective equipment, and there are not enough ventilators. But the United States is not without scientists and medical professionals who think ahead.


A close look at why this old malaria drug could be promising for Covid-19

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As Covid-19 ravages the world, scientists are desperately trying to develop a medication to stop the virus (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2). Dozens of drugs and vaccine candidates are in various stages of development and testing. Among these is chloroquine, a seemingly strange choice as it has been widely used to treat malaria since the 1940s.

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