I had my hospital-followup interview with one of the lead researchers working on COVID here in Hong Kong. (I was in hospital with COVID in March)
He gave positive views and insights. The future of COVID is likely just going to bear similarities to the flu, in that we'll see a new version of the virus every 18 months or so. The virus will continue to mutate rapidly, so even if you get COVID and develop antibodies you'll likely only have 12 months of immunity. We're just going to have to live with the seasonality of this disease.
The doc anticipates a vaccine will be available in the next 18 months. And the increased availability of more-accurate tests is also promising. Now that the medical system has a better understanding of how to treat the virus, the fatality rate has declined. HK's fatality rate has fallen to 0.5%. Things are worse in the US (he gave his thoughts as to why, but put a pin in that). The world isn't going to end, and the economies of the world will open back up, likely sooner than later. Wearing masks will still be necessary for the next 12-18 months until a vaccine is developed.
The medical research and clinical practice have advanced rapidly. There is a solid understanding of the virus and how to treat it. He said the Interferon has emerged as the most effective in fighting the virus, according to him and his team. The cocktail I was given, with remdesivir and kaletra. is now seen as less effective, and there will be more migration in his view towards Interferon.
Both he and some of my US MD friends have stated that hydroxychloroquine is a bit more risky. But it really matters whom you speak with. As a counter-point I'm also familiar with a clinical practice physician in the US who has been a big proponent of using hydroxychloroquine in concert with other medication. I think we'll see greater treatment consensus over time.