According to the latest data, a total of 12 potential treatments, including HIV drugs worldwide, are being tested for use in the fight against coronavirus. Some vaccines are also thought to save time in combating the new coronavirus.
While developing activities against the new deadly coronavirus (COVID-19), which has spread all over the world after the emergence of Wuhan city of the People’s Republic of China (COVID-19), treatment methods are being studied in the scope of the fight against disease in all parts of the world.
Since the virus is new and we know little about it for now, there is no special drug or vaccine treatment for COVID-19 patients. Fighting disease is currently managing the symptoms of patients in hospitals or at home. According to the news in Science magazine, there are currently studies on at least 12 potential treatments worldwide.
HIV and malaria drugs are also used
The treatments tested included HIV and malaria medications, experimental components that seem to work in animal experiments, and antibody plasmas from the healing patients’ body. For example, a research institute in Australia has announced that it will try tuberculosis vaccines to see if it can soothe the symptoms of COVID-19. Similar experiments are carried out in England, Germany and the Netherlands.
According to the statement made by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI), the Bacillus Calmette – Guérin vaccine used against tuberculosis reduces the level of viruses in people who catch new coronavirus-like pathogens. The vaccine has also been found to strengthen the person’s general immunity. Researchers hope that applying this vaccine will save time until the COVID-19 vaccine is developed.
On the other hand, a woman with COVID-19 from the USA said that the woman survived the danger thanks to the ‘drug cocktail’ given by the paramedics, but the doctor who treated the patient pointed out that clinical experiments were needed to determine whether the drugs really helped the woman.
Among the medications given to the patient, remdesivir, malaria medication hydroxychloroquine and antibiotic azithromycin, made for Ebola and with promising results against MERS and SARS. The patient noted that he was also given other antiviral drugs, including HIV treatment.
Some doctors in Australia also want to test whether HIV drugs and chlorocine will work for COVID-19 treatment. A team in the Catalonia region of Spain also announced earlier this month that it will conduct hydroxychloroquine experiments against COVID-19. The World Health Organization (WHO) also examined four potential combinations, including remdesivir and chlorokinin, in a study published last week and involving many countries.