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There is no cure for coronavirus. Not yet. Best estimates put the introduction of a vaccine between 12-18 months away.

Current COVID-19 treatments are similar to treatment for influenza (flu), depending on the severity of the condition. Cases of coronavirus can be divided into five categories:

  1. Asymptomatic
  2. Mild
  3. Moderate
  4. Severe
  5. Critical. 

Coronavirus treatment

Coronavirus treatment for mild to moderate cases is similar to what we would use to treat influenza (flu). 

How to treat mild to moderate coronavirus cases from home: 

  • Rest
  • Eat well
  • Drink lots of fluids
  • Take fever-reducing medication when necessary 
  • Take pain medication when necessary
  • Monitor your temperature.

It is important those who are infected, even if their symptoms are minimal, self-isolate for a minimum of two weeks. 

Current treatments for severe and critical cases of coronavirus vary on a case by case basis, and treatment will depend on a number of factors, such as age and health status. 

COVID-19 treatments for severe and critical cases need to be carried out in a professional healthcare setting and include:

The World Health Organization reports there are currently 6,468 cases of coronavirus in Australia. Researchers are working towards a vaccine for coronavirus, and yesterday, a clinical trial for a coronavirus vaccine began in Melbourne and Brisbane.

Nucleus Network, a clinical research company has recruited a small sample of healthy volunteers. They will inject the participants with a small volume of the virus to produce an immune response. The vaccine being trialled by the Nucleus Network will reportedly be ready for release in 12-18 months. 

According to the World Health Organization, there are 20 coronavirus vaccines being developed in different locations around the world. 

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