HIV Drugs May Be Able To Treat Severe Cases Of Coronavirus
HIV DRUGS – A combination of flu and HIV drugs might be able to treat severe cases of 2019 novel coronavirus.
The 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV) was first recorded in Wuhan City, China. The deadly virus is suspected to have rooted in the bat soup served in one of China’s markets.
Wuhan is now under lockdown to prevent the virus from spreading. The death toll spike over 400. Most of the victims are from mainland China.
Health officials fear the coronavirus could become pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global health emergency over nCoV that has infected thousands of people.
Currently, there is no specific treatment for the infected patients but doctors are doing their best to save them. In a previous article, Thai doctors claimed that they had successfully treated 2 patients who are infected with the virus. Dr. Kriangsak Atipornwanich said a doctor used a mixed combination of HIV and flu drugs.
The hospitals in Beijing, China have reported used similar methods. They gave HIV drugs to coronavirus patients.
Based on a report from Healthline, HIV and flu drugs can relieve the symptoms. However, it is still not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. In the meantime, infected patients are treated with supportive care.
Supportive care treats the patients who suffer from fever, vomiting, cough, fatigue, and diarrhea – not the virus itself.
According to the report, Dr. Margot Savoy said scientists are putting antiviral medication to determine whether it might help fight the coronavirus. HIV drugs was also used to help people with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
“For people who become very ill, they are using antivirals we currently use for the viral infections, and there is at least one experimental drug that was used in a case that is sparking hope for wider use,” she said.
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