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    many were hopeful

    Does "many were hopeful" mean "there were possibilities that many patients of COVID-19 could be benefitted by taking hydroxychloroquine"?

    Well, the word "hopeful" appears to be elusive to me. Cambridge dictionary gives the definitions like "with hope" and "giving hope" are equally elusive to me.

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    There is currently only one treatment that has shown promise against COVID-19 in a rigorous clinical trial and that drug, remdesivir, is in short supply and must be administered intravenously over several days, typically in a hospital. In the early days of the pandemic, which has now killed more than 350,000 people, many were hopeful that hydroxychloroquine, a relatively cheap and widely available drug, might offer some benefits.

    Source: Nature 29 MAY 2020
    Safety fears over hyped drug hydroxychloroquine spark global confusion
    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01599-9

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    #2

    Re: many were hopeful

    Suggest you check some other sources.

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    Re: many were hopeful

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodTaste View Post
    Does "many were hopeful" mean "there were possibilities that many patients of COVID-19 could be benefitted by taking hydroxychloroquine"?
    In the early days of the pandemic, which has now killed more than 350,000 people, many were hopeful that hydroxychloroquine, a relatively cheap and widely available drug, might offer some benefits.
    No. "Many" is the subject of the phrase. It means many people. Can you make sense of it now?
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    Re: many were hopeful

    Quote Originally Posted by Yankee View Post
    Suggest you check some other sources.
    There is no more reliable source than the British scientific journal Nature.
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    Re: many were hopeful

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    There is no more reliable source than the British scientific journal Nature.

    I think Yankee was referring to other dictionary sources for 'hopeful'.
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    Re: many were hopeful

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    No. "Many" is the subject of the phrase. It means many people. Can you make sense of it now?
    If it referred to "many people", it would sound correct yet useless since those early days were gone - many people then indeed thought hydroxychloroquine might be a cure (one typical example is Trump).

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    Re: many were hopeful

    I'm afraid I still don't understand your confusion.

    In the early days of the pandemic, many people were hopeful that hydroxychloroquine would help treat or cure Covid. Unfortunately, that didn't prove to be effective, and the only drug currently showing some possibility of proving effective is remdesivir.

    People wanted hydroxychloroquine to work because it was fairly cheap, simple to administer and readily available. However, it turns out to have been ineffective. They were hopeful, but their hopes were crushed.
    Last edited by Skrej; 01-Jun-2020 at 16:27. Reason: typo
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