VALDO, Georgia (AP) An Atlanta hospital says it has a cure for the rare coronavirus that has sickened more than 1,000 people.
The Mayo Clinic said Wednesday that it has started testing cough medicine in a limited number of patients at the medical center, which has a waiting list of 1,600 people.
Mayo Clinic officials said they expect the test results to be available in a few weeks.
Mayo also said it will begin providing some of the cough medicine to people in the community who have had symptoms.
The company’s chief medical officer, Dr. John C. Busser, says the virus is “not going to be contained to the people of this country.”
Mayo is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to make the drug available.
The CDC says people in communities with high rates of coronaviruses should get tested, including those with an underlying illness, and those with a chronic condition.