• Question: could you ever find a cure for the coronavirus

    Asked by anon-249819 to Ricardo, Sarah, Kate, Sophie on 5 Mar 2020. This question was also asked by anon-249928, anon-249953, anon-250502.
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      Ricardo Sanchez answered on 5 Mar 2020:

      It is definitely possible to find the cure for the virus, however it may take some time. There are already vaccine prospects but we need to make sure they dont hurt us by testing them over an over again. Unfortunately it can take a long time before we get a vaccine, but this means we will be better prepered next time the same virus comes around.

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      Kate Mitchell answered on 6 Mar 2020: last edited 12 Mar 2020 3:35 pm

      We don’t know yet, but scientists are working very hard to find a cure – they’re starting with testing treatments that already work for other viruses.

      Also I wanted to say that a cure is not the same as a vaccine – vaccines usually work by stopping you getting an infection, a cure removes infection from someone who is already infected.

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      Sophie Arthur answered on 17 Mar 2020:

      I think it is possible that we will be able to create a vaccine against coronavirus. The bad news is we won’t be able to get it for another 12-18 months at the earliest

      We also don’t know if coronavirus will become something that becomes a yearly thing like the flu – in which case we will have to make a different vaccine each ‘season’ like we do for the flu jab