Update: Since the structure of coronavirus is similar to that of HIV to some extent, HIV ARV medication - Kaletra, which is a combination of lopinavir and ritonavir is seen to be helpful in curing people from the effects of COVID-19 infection.
Kaletra is a protease inhibitors, it blocks the protease enzyme, a key enzyme that helps the virus to replicate. Previous studies had found that the drug combination was helpful in preventing SARS, also a coronavirus, from maturing and replicating.
Oh that's interesting about the meds. I heard someone mention antivirals for treatment, but I think of antivirals as Valtrex, as in herpes treatment, not ARV (antiretrovirals, for those who don't know), but I may have misheard or he misspoke.
ARVs are notoriously expensive, though. It will be interesting to see how that plays out here in the US.
Good info. Thanks, Mike.
Update : Potential vaccine for COVID-19 is on pilot, first human trial began today in the USA.
Potential vaccine contains genetic material called messenger RNA (mRNA), this was produced in a lab.
The mRNA is a genetic code that tells cells how to make a protein and was found in the outer coat of the new coronavirus, it converts the body's own cellular mechanisms for making proteins to make those that mimic the virus proteins, thereby producing an immune response.
Update: China begins clinical trials for it's coronavirus vaccine.
The treatment for the coronavirus includes blood plasma from recovered patients and traditional Chinese medicine. It's approach is based on the idea that antibodies developed by recovered patients might strengthen the immune system of new patients.
I also heard that the drug for Malaria Chloroquine has had some effectiveness in treating Covid19. It is lessening the symptoms of serious cases.
Update: CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) has tied up with pharmaceutical giant Cipla to work on the development of antiviral drugs to contain Covid-19.
The CSIR-IICT decided to work on three molecules: remdesivir, favipiravir and baloxavir.
Update : Synairgen, UK is ready to trial it's experimental lung drug SNG001 in Covid-19 patients.
This drug has to be inhaled, the original objective of this drug is to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD).
Interferon beta, a naturally occurring protein, is the key component of this drug which enhances the body’s antiviral responses. It will boost the immune system of people infected with COVID-19 for fighting against the infection. 100 infected people to receive this trial next week.
"with antimalaria medicine called Chloroquine"
Which btw is from the quinine in gin and tonic.
mike_no, I've just seen your status. You're a good man, keep up the good work.
Update: Russia's FMBA has created three prototypes of the vaccine. These are recombinant proteins based on epitopes of the surface S-protein SARS-CoV-2. Trials are in progress on animals.
Update: India goes under complete lockdown to curb COVID-19 spread until March 31. Section 144 (An order to prohibit the assembly of four or more people in an area. According to the law, every member of such 'unlawful assembly' can be booked for engaging in rioting) imposed.
Update: France launched an online test to help people that may be worried to have contracted coronavirus, this test will help them to assess their symptoms, and guide them towards next steps.
There is a series of 24 questions specific to common symptoms as experienced by people who have developed the COVID-19 infection.
The purpose of this test is not for diagnosis, it is only an health assessment to provide people to provide a roadmap.
Update: Scientists at Mt Sinai University in New York have created the first test in the US for detecting coronavirus antibodies in the blood.
Update: In view of the humanitarian aspects of the pandemic, it has been decided that India would licence paracetamol and HCQ in appropriate quantities to all our neighbouring countries who are dependent on our capabilities. We will also be supplying these essential drugs to some nations who have been particularly badly affected by the pandemic.
India, last month banned exports of 16 drugs, including hydroxychloroquine and paracetamol has now decided to lift the exports ban after “a comprehensive assessment" of possible requirements under different scenarios.
Well hep b vaccine isnt vulnerable to mutated hep b being hep d so thats not always the case