Coronavirus is spreading at a rapid pace in all corners of the globe. However, amid so many claims to have found a cure for it, there are still no vaccines or drugs that can protect against it or kill the virus.
Researchers in France are now claiming that a combination of two drugs namely antimalarial medication and antibiotics can cure the deadly virus. But how close they to their claims is yet to be determined.
According to details, they prescribed the antimalarial hydroxychloroquine [HCQ] and the antibiotic Azithromycin to patients earlier this month. They found that 100% of patients who received the combination of HCQ and Azithromycin tested negative. They were treated within 6 days of treatment.
“Among hydroxychloroquine-treated patients six patients received azithromycin [500mg on day1 followed by 250mg per day, the next four days] to prevent bacterial super-infection under daily electrocardiogram control,” the French team said.
In the abstract of their research study, researchers noted that patients “showed a significant reduction of the viral carriage” six days after treatment with the two drugs began. And, “much lower average carrying duration” compared to untreated patients.
Donald Trump to the cure
Recently the US President Donald Trump urged the immediate use of the combination of the same aforementioned drugs in a tweet.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 21, 2020
Furthermore, Trump said his administration was working dramatically to expand access to hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine. It is after promising early studies in France and China that found the drugs helped patients suffering from the COVID-19 illness.
But, a man in Arizona later died after taking Chloroquine product. His wife is still in critical condition.
Is there even a cure for coronavirus?
Well, the answer is no. However, doctors and researchers are optimistic that they will be able to find one soon.
Experts have urged caution around any drug combination. The Federal Drug Administration is studying the effects of hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment for COVID-19. They have made no recommendation on it yet.
Currently, there are more than 20 vaccines in development. One of them is already being tried on humans. However, researchers have issued repeated warnings that people must not harm themselves through self-medication.
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