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French study finds a combination of antimalarials and antibiotics may stop coronavirus

French study finds a combination of antimalarials and antibiotics may stop coronavirus


A new study with the results published in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents found early evidence that a combination of hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug known under the

French study finds a combination of antimalarials and antibiotics may stop coronavirus
French study finds a combination of antimalarials and antibiotics may stop coronavirus


brand name Plaqenuil, and the azithromycin antibiotic (also known as Zithromax or Azithromycin) may be particularly effective in treating the COVID coronavirus -19 And in reducing the duration of the virus in patients.

Coronavirus

The researchers conducted a study of 30 patients who were confirmed using COVID-19, each treating hydroxychloroquine alone, a combination of the drug with the antibiotic, as well as a control group that did not receive either. The other one. The study was conducted after Chinese patient treatment reports indicated that this particular compound was effective in shortening the duration of infection in patients.


The study group of patients included six subjects who had no symptoms, in addition to 22 people who had symptoms of the upper respiratory tract (such as sneezing, headache, sore throat and eight people who showed symptoms of the lower respiratory tract (mainly coughing) .20 of 30 study participants received treatment, and the results showed that although hydroxychloroquine was effective as a treatment when combined with azithromycin was more effective and by a large margin

COVID-19

These results represent a limited study with a small number of patients, but they are promising, especially when combined with previous reports from patients in China with the same treatment options. Researchers around the world are testing a number of potential treatments, including a range of drugs previously used to fight Ebola, SARS, HIV and other global epidemics.


There are no effective treatments specifically confirmed for COVID-19 yet, but regulators and medical researchers everywhere are working hard to pass the test process and approvals in search of something that can at least reduce the duration or the severity of symptoms in patients. The vaccine is also under development, but any certified and effective COVID-19 vaccine is in at least 12-18 months, even if resources are redirected to development as quickly as possible for security reasons.



Source: Techcrunch


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