PEORIA — While a cure has yet to be discovered, doctors have developed a fairly successful treatment protocol in the four months since COVID-19 patients started showing up in area hospitals.

When the pandemic began, doctors simply did not know how to treat COVID-19 patients, but today they are in a much better position to manage the course of the virus, said Dr. Manasa Kandula, an internal medicine doctor who treats COVID-19 patients at OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center.

“What I used to tell patients in the beginning was very different from what I tell them now — it’s so much better,” she said. “I used to try to prepare them by telling them that we don’t have a lot of treatment options at

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