Encouraging news about pill to treat early COVID-19 illness

Dr. Jen Ashton reports on the latest research and development of an antiviral medication that could help combat early COVID-19 infections.
2:37 | 06/21/21

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We're joined by ABC chief medical correspondent Dr. Jen always, we're tracking the major developments and with just one month to go to the start of the Tokyo olympic games, this big number, the ioc and other parties holding live local spectators to 50% capacity at all venues. And here's this, wow, no cheering is allowed because of continuing coronavirus concerns. I could not believe when I heard that. Wow. Are they literally going to throw people out -- Is that a move, a nice safety, additional safety measure? Some medical experts in Japan saying there should be no spectators there. We'll see. The games are going on, robes, you're going to be there. You're going to be there fully vaccinated so feeling pretty good about it. There's a pill for covid illness. Listen, we want to hit the encouraging news and while our vaccination rates are plateauing, this pill under development is about treatment, so here's what you need to know about this, an anti-viral medication, it's currently under research and development, if someone tests positive would be given immediately early on before they develop symptoms. We could see this available by the end of the fall. It's already effective against another virus hepatitis C, they're testing it to see if it works in clinical trials against coronavirus. All right, very interesting. You got another medical headline out of the uk. Unpublished data that got my attention. It about they followed people -- they developed fatty liver disease associated with obesity, when pregnant women were obesity their newborn had twofold increase in developing this condition, more than two decades later. We're not trying to blame pregnant women here, they're talking about prevention. And long-term health consequence and Dr. Jen, we appreciate it and you. Thank you very much.

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