Wednesday October 21, 2020

‘Only hard, boring health measures, not silver bullets, will fix this mess’

Experts say we must remain hopeful, as significant developments in Covid-19 epidemiology, treatment and prevention take place on a weekly basis

18th October, 2020
A lab technician at work in Saransk, Russia where the Covid-19 drug Areplivir is produced. Picture: Getty

These days, there’s only one story in town. The blanket coverage of Covid-19 as it bleeds into all aspects of society may be unprecedented, but it isn’t the first time that a tiny microbe has dominated the headlines.

A decade or so ago, hardly a day passed that headlines didn’t scream about the threat which “superbugs” such as MRSA posed to patients in hospitals. As professor of clinical microbiology with the...

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