Charles Horton, M.D.

Charles Horton is a graduate of the WJI mid-career course and is WORLD’s medical correspondent

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A “silver bullet” for COVID-19?

Medicine | A Texas doctor claims he’s found a cure for COVID-19, but the evidence is still out
by Charles Horton, M.D.
Posted 7/10/20, 04:04 pm

Several readers have written to inform us about Richard Bartlett, a Texas doctor and onetime congressional candidate who says he has discovered a “silver bullet” for COVID-19. His proposed cure? Inhaled steroids.

This would be world-changing news, probably deserving a Nobel Prize, if true. It would save thousands of lives, end the economic and social upheaval caused by preventive measures, and save billions of dollars on hospital treatments.

As the ancient Spartans famously said: “If.”

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10 reasons we should still take the coronavirus seriously

Health | Leaders’ missteps have created mistrust, but we still have to fight a pandemic
by Charles Horton, M.D.
Posted 7/10/20, 02:50 pm

An Alaskan reader challenged us to share 10 reasons to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously—to believe that it is “not a hoax,” as she put it. Her state’s experience with the coronavirus has encouraged its residents to see it as a faraway problem: The entire state has suffered only 17 deaths so far, whereas a single nursing home in my area saw a higher death toll. 

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Long shots, moonshots, and your shots

Medicine | Checking in on the global effort to create a COVID-19 vaccine
by Charles Horton, M.D.
Posted 7/07/20, 09:53 am

In the race to defeat the coronavirus, the finish line is the mass production of a safe, effective vaccine.

Just as Jonas Salk’s vaccine helped transform polio from feared menace to historical curiosity in most countries, a good vaccine against today’s coronavirus would restore the world’s confidence, both socially (potlucks! concerts! sports!) and economically. So where does the vaccine race stand now?

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