GUWAHATI: As the novel coronavirus continues to spread its fang across the globe, the medical experts, researchers and scientist are working round the clock to develop potential drugs and vaccine to combat the highly infectious virus.
From HCQ to remdisiver, there is a host of potential COVID-19 treatments which are being tested for their efficacy and safety as the world has joined hands to find a remedy for the highly infectious COVID 19 disease. The pandemic has already claimed more than 3 lakh lives across the globe and infected 4.7 million people. While the number of COVID-19 cases is bound to rise, there is a piece of good news shared by the Bangladeshi medical team which serves as a glimmering ray of hope. The Bangladeshi team led by a senior doctor exclaimed that they have found groundbreaking results in the treatment of severely ill COVID-19 patients with a combination of effective drugs.
The medicines used…
As per a report by a news agency, the ‘near-miraculous’ results were reported with the usage of antiprotozoal medicine called Ivermectin which is a parasite killing drug, along with Doxycycline which is an antibiotic.
The Bangladeshi doctors explained that the combination of these two drugs gave great results in patients with acute symptoms of the coronavirus disease. Both the drugs were given to 60 patients admitted with respiratory problems who later tested positive for COVID-19.
The doctors further stated that all the 60 patients recovered with the combination of both the drugs in a time frame of four days, which is astounding, to say the least. It is important to note medical researchers around the world have been trying different combinations for the treatment of novel coronavirus including the HIV-drug combo (lopinavir and ritonavir) but there haven’t been enough studies conducted to understand their efficacy.
A hope for a cure
Additionally, the Bangladeshi medical team was “hundred per cent hopeful” about the effectiveness of the combination of the drugs and added that these combinations were also used during the SARS epidemic. The number of positive coronavirus cases have touched 20,995 cases and claimed the lives of 314 people.