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|Checkout Top 4 Drugs For Treating Coronavirus Still Undergoing Clinical Trails by cnnamoko(m): 12:00pm On Apr 23, 2020|
The coronavirus is still very new to humans and much is not known about the novel virus yet. Everyone's attention right now is towards finding a cure (or at least something that can slow down the virus) at this time when economic and social activities are on hold (painful right? .
This article presents the top 4 drugs scientists all over the world are using to treat the covid-19 virus. Note that these drugs have not yet been verified by the WHO as a cure for coronavirus as much testing is yet to be done to ascertain its effectiveness in fighting the dreaded virus.
Before I list the most promising drugs for fighting the novel virus, it will interest you to know the various approaches scientists are adopting to end covid-19. These approaches are:
1. Antiviral drugs that directly affect the coronavirus's ability to thrive inside the body.
2. Drugs that can calm the immune system - patients become seriously ill when their immune system overreacts and starts causing collateral damage to the body.
3. Antibodies, either from survivors' blood or made in a lab, that can attack the virus.
Having understood the approaches, now lets look at four of the most promising drugs in the fight to save humanity:
According to Dr Bruce of the WHO, Remdesivir remains the most promising and effective drug in the treatment of Covid-19. Although still undergoing rigorous clinical tests, the antiviral drug originally designed for treating Ebola has not been approved by WHO as a cure or treatment for Covid-19.
Lopinavir is another drug undergoing clinical test for the treatment of covid-19. This drug was originally manufactured for the treatment of HIV but, scientist claim the results from clinical tests conducted so far is disappointing as nearly a quarter of patients died while being administered with the drug.
Ritonavir is another HIV drug scientist thought could be promising in the fight against covid-19. Clinical studies so far have shown that the drug did not improve recovery, reduce death or the coranavirus in the patient's body.
4. Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine
No doubt, the most popular anti-malaria drugs right now are Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine. The drugs are Solidarity and Recovery trials. Chloroquine, and a related derivative, hydroxychloroquine, may have antiviral and immune-calming properties.
The drugs have been thrust into the spotlight as potential coronavirus therapies, largely due to claims made by President Trump, but there is still scant evidence on their effectiveness.
Hydroxychloroquine is also used as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, because it can help regulate the immune system.
Finally, people ask.....Can survivors' blood treat coronavirus?
Scientists claim: people who survive an infection should have antibodies in their blood that can attack the virus.
The idea is you take the blood plasma (the part which contains the antibodies) and give that to a sick patient as a therapy.
The US has already treated 500 patients with what's known as "convalescent plasma", and other countries are getting involved too.
|Re: Checkout Top 4 Drugs For Treating Coronavirus Still Undergoing Clinical Trails by pascalbenz: 12:18pm On Apr 23, 2020|
Time n0 dey, make dem do fast
|Re: Checkout Top 4 Drugs For Treating Coronavirus Still Undergoing Clinical Trails by samsononyilo(m): 12:28pm On Apr 23, 2020|
may we pull through this..
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