Thailand finds drug cocktail that seems to work against coronavirus
A woman from China infected with the coronavirus showed major signs of recovery after she was treated with a cocktail of anti-virals that are used to treat flu and HIV, Thailand's health ministry said on Sunday.
Bangkok: Thailand's health ministry revealed that a Chinese woman infected with the deadly coronavirus showed signs of improvement after she was treated with a cocktail of anti-virals used to treat flu and HIV.
Reportedly, the 71-year-old patient tested negative for the virus 48 hours after Thai doctors treated her with the combination of drugs.
A report by AFP cited sources who stated that doctors combined the anti-flu drug oseltamivir with lopinavir and ritonavir, anti-virals used to treat HIV.
19 people have been infected with the deadly virus in the country so far. Out of the 19 patients, 11 remain in hospital, while eight patients have returned home.
Many countries have been trying to take measures to battle the deadly virus and also find a cure for those affected.
The death toll in the coronavirus outbreak has crossed the 400 mark in China with over 20,000 confirmed cases reported in the country.
The mortality rate stands at 2.1
Singapore reported cases of the disease which was transmitted locally. Four women who contracted the virus had not travelled to Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak. Singapore has reported 21 confirmed cases.
Many countries including Singapore are considering taking steps such as cancelling mass gatherings among other measures.
Three cases of coronavirus have been reported in Kerala, India. The third victim was a student from China’s Wuhan.
What is coronavirus:
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, which cause illnesses to people and also circulate in animals including camels, cats and bats. Animal coronaviruses can also evolve and infect people.
Symptoms of coronavirus:
High fever, breathing difficulty are the symptoms of coronavirus. Detection becomes difficult if the person is suffering from flu or cold.