A particular treatment for the novel coronavirus could be months or years away, a virologist claimed, as the world battles the spread of the pathogen that caused COVID-19 disease. The virus has contaminated more than 119,000 people worldwide and claimed the lives of 4,284 patients.
However, there is currently no cure to the virus, and it is likely that it won’t arrive any time soon. Still, people must keep in mind the fact that the pathogen is a simple virus, similar to the seasonal flu, and it only killed people whose health and immunity system was incredibly low. More people die every day of heart diseases and other known conditions than it will die from COVID-19. Moreover, renowned experts say that a vaccine will not even help cure the pathogen, but numerous reports and the media, especially, are portraying the outbreak in an extremely dramatic way.
The Novel Coronavirus Keeps Spreading
Now, Professor Krzysztof Pyrć from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, as well, claimed that the world is on the edge of a ‘global emergency.’
The virologist told the Polish Press Agency (PAP): “It if can effectively spread between people, then we have the risk of a global pandemic developing.” The novel coronavirus is already being treated as a global emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO), and efforts are focused on finding a cure.”
Still, Professor Pyrć said: “It is hard to tell right now what the chances are of finding a drug or vaccine that can prevent novel coronavirus infections.”
The novel coronavirus first appeared in Wuhan city of China last year in December and spread at incredible speeds through Hubei Province and the rest of the country. Outside China, the pathogen has affected South Korea, Iran, and Italy the most. According to Professor Pyrć, the virus strain comes from a family of pathogens known since the 1960s.
However, the novel coronavirus has not been contacted by humans, which means that it could have been modified to do so, and makes it difficult to actually find a cure for it.
Professor Pyrć said: “As of today, we have managed to create the tools that will allow us to effectively test drugs. We have many ideas, as well as many active substances that we have developed in the past. The initial results are promising.”
A Cure Could Take Months or Years
The expert is a member of a team of researchers at the Małopolskie Biotech Centre who has been analyzing the virus since January. Others are also trying to find a cure, but there’s the possibility scientists will not find one any time soon. Researchers couldn’t, for instance, create a cure for HIV, in spite of 40 years of research.
Professor Pyrć said: “Coronaviruses are a big family of viruses, much more diverse than animals, for example.”
As per WHO, the coronavirus harms the respiratory system with symptoms similar to the flu, and in grave cases, triggers pneumonia. The pathogen can cause a major respiratory syndrome that can be deadly among the elderly and people with severe health conditions. Other manifestations of COVID-19 include coughing, breathing issues, and fatigue.