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RE: Life in covid19 testing lab and virology research during the times of pandemic - the crazy year.

in StemSocial3 months ago

Very cool post! Thanks for coming here and sharing what you've been up to. I think what you're doing in the lab searching for antivirals is some of the most important work any human can be doing right now and I salute you for it. The vaccines have done a lot but there's more that can be done to treat it to minimize health impact and spread.

At the start of the pandemic I really hoped that it would spur a large allocation of resources into virology. So many people want to return to the status quo and forget that I'm not sure how much this has happened yet. There's obviously a lot of incentive though, for society at large. Thank you for doing what you can to help all of us.

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Thanks for your kind words. I think one of the major blow to us when the pandemic hit us was how small our bag of antiviral drugs was. I mean compare it to the bag of antibiotics that we have to target bacteria. There were some out there for sure like remdesivir, flavipiravir, etc, but the sheer number available was so limited. Vaccines are ultimate preventive measure, but having a counterpart bag of antiviral drugs can save lives not just today from current pandemic but in case something is to hit us in the future.

As for resources going into virology, it's not that bad now. But could get better. Maybe we as society were not prepared to our best this time, but I do hope we don't let it happen again.