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Friday, 20 March 2020

New Drug Discovered To Treat Coronavirus

New drug discovered to treat coronavirus
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According to Metro UK, an experimental drug intended to treat Ebola patients has helped several people recover from coronavirus, including a 79-year-old man in Italy.

It was learned that the elderly man from Lombardy, a region in northern Italy that has been one of the country's worst affected regions, was treated with a drug called remdesivir.

The drug, developed by US firm Gilead, was initially intended for use against Ebola. The drug has proven to be less successful in preventing human deaths after comprehensive studies on animals were positive.


But the new breakthrough buoyed doctors at San Martino Hospital in Genoa where the man had been treated for 12 days using remdesivir to treat coronavirus. Professor Matteo Bassetti, director of the hospital's infectious disease department, said:' We have the first fully cured, two swabs that he got were both negative.'

Remdesivir is now being examined in the United States in many clinical trials, with doctors saying the medication is preventing the body's virus development. Chinese scientists have also found that after clinical trials in Wuhan, the drug could help slow down the symptoms. Donald Trump reported during his press conference on Thursday that remdesivir was one of the medications that could theoretically be quick-tracked toCovid-19 patients following the outbreak in the United States.

Chris Kane, 55, who fell ill following a business trip to Florida in February, ‌explained how he was given remdesivir by doctors after displaying severe symptoms. ‘A couple weeks ago, I got home from work, and all of a sudden I started running a really, really high fever. I started coughing,’ he told Washington-based radio station KIRO Radio.

‘I honestly felt like an elephant or something was stepping on my chest. ‘I was in a bed in a bad enough space at the time, saying, ‘Sure, you know what? Let’s try something here.’ ‘And I’m super blessed that they did what they did, and I was certainly in a great space to be at a hospital with the infectious disease doctor who knew about this and was able to give me a treatment.’

During a press conference in China last month, Bruce Aylward, a senior advisor for the World Health Organization, also raised the possibility of remdesivir being used as treatment for Covid-19. ‘There’s only one drug right now that we think may have real efficacy. And that’s remdesivir,’ he said.

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