Caitlin Owens
Sep 25, 2021 - Health

6. The antivirals are (hopefully) coming

Illustration of a pattern of pills
Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

One major tool that we've been missing in the coronavirus fight is a pill that people can take right after they've been diagnosed with the virus. It may not be that far off.

Why it matters: An effective antiviral pill could prevent an infected person from ever getting sick, or at least from requiring hospitalization. It's not a substitute for vaccination, but it would make living with the coronavirus safer.

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