With no cure for the virus or specific antiviral treatment protocol, COVID-19 has proven to be a devastatingly unpredictable illness. Two people with similar backgrounds and medical histories can have polar opposite reactions to the virus and treatments for its symptoms.
Medications such as remdesivir, an antiviral medicine developed to treat Ebola, dexamethasone, a steroid, and convalescent blood transfusions have been shown to help some patients, and clinical trials are underway to evaluate the effectiveness of a variety of other approaches.
“One of the most difficult things about this illness is you just never know,” says Lucas Lambert, a registered nurse in the critical care unit at Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital. “Some people, they are good, they are fine – they don’t require a whole lot of attention. Then there’s some – this small percentage of people who unfortunately this virus hits very hard.
“Some of our sickest patients have no medical history, and sometimes people who are doing well suddenly take a turn for the worse without any apparent reason. I pray before work, and I pray after work, that every day will be a successful day and that we come closer to a cure or treatment to make things better.”