How to Write About Remdesivir

There is a drug that has shown statistical efficacy when fighting the virus. It sends people home from the hospital earlier and shows some survival benefit too. It could potentially save lives, and, in the process, help people feel better about going back to work.

But here’s the thing.  You have to throw cold water all over your audience anytime you have good news to share. It’s an unwritten rule of the Internet.  Don’t want to sound too upbeat and be deemed a wide-eyed fool riding into town on the back of a turnip truck.

So as you prep your skeptical piece about Remdesivir, please choose from the below buffet of disclaimers:

It’s not a silver bullet

It’s not a panacea

It’s not a cure
It’s not a breakthrough
It’s not a slam dunk
It’s not a grand slam
It’s not a home run
It’s not a touchdown
It’s not a hole in one
It’s not saving the princess
It’s not beating the final boss
It’s not a certainty
It’s not guaranteed to work
It’s not promised to be available
It’s not enough
It’s not the answer to all our prayers
It’s not the solution to all our problems
It’s not going to save everyone
It’s not going to stop the fall resurgence
It’s not a replacement for social distancing
It’s not going to fix your marriage
It’s not a miracle drug
It’s not magical
It’s not going to repair the societal damage
It’s not going to make your dad love you
It’s not going change how bald you are
It’s not going to save the economy
It’s not going to shut down the wet markets
It’s not a substitute for washing your hands
It’s not an excuse for touching your face
It’s not worth throwing a parade over
It’s not bringing back the school year
It’s not going to restore municipal balance sheets
It’s not going revive the local diner
It’s not what plants crave
It’s not a bird in the hand
It’s not a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow
It’s not a walk in the park
It’s not a month of sundays
It’s not a white knight
It’s not a night in white satin
It’s not a stairway to heaven
It’s not a glass slipper
It’s not the garden of eden
It’s not a holy grail
It’s not a deus ex machina
It’s not foolproof
It’s not waterproof beyond 200 meters
It’s not a given
It’s not automatic
It’s not the end
It’s not the beginning of the end
It’s not the end of the beginning
It’s not the middle of the beginning of the end
It’s not over
It’s not time to relax
It’s not time to take our foot off the accelerator
It’s not quittin’ time
It’s not miller time
It’s not an all-clear signal
It’s not a happy ending
It’s not a fairy tale ending
It’s not a hollywood ending
It’s not a reason to celebrate
It’s not a reason to relax
It’s not a golden ticket
It’s not two tickets to paradise
It’s not paradise city
It’s not a savior
It’s not a saving grace
It’s not the coup de grâce
it’s not a single-edged sword
It’s not checkmate
It’s not a revolution

It’s not a dream come true

That should be enough for your first few articles on it. Check back for some more of these if you run through them all.

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