While most of the world is heading towards quarantine and hunkering down at home, researchers from all corners of the globe have been working round the clock to find a vaccine for the coronavirus COVID-19.
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A professor from the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical research told news.com.au that one of the medications given to those who have tested positive for COVID-19 have seen encouraging results so far:
University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research director Professor David Paterson told news.com.au today they have seen two drugs used to treat other conditions wipe out the virus in test tubes.
He said one of the medications, given to some of the first people to test positive for COVID-19 in Australia, had already resulted in “disappearance of the virus” and complete recovery from the infection.
Prof Paterson, who is also an infectious disease physician at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, said it wasn’t a stretch to label the drugs “a treatment or a cure”.
“It’s a potentially effective treatment,” he said.
“Patients would end up with no viable coronavirus in their system at all after the end of therapy.”
Researchers in Israel have also expressed hope that vaccines they’ve been working on will be effective and brought to market as soon as possible, even though that could still take months because of regulations and approvals.
As for the results in Australia, the drugs are already registered and available. They’re hoping to do more testing across the country very soon:
“What we want to do at the moment is a large clinical trial across Australia, looking at 50 hospitals, and what we’re going to compare is one drug, versus another drug, versus the combination of the two drugs,” Prof Paterson said…
“It’s the question we all have – we know it’s coming now, what is the best way to treat it?”
Keep all the medical researchers in your prayers this week and going forward, as their efforts will no doubt play a key role in how widespread this epidemic becomes.