Australian scientists have found another potential cure for COVID-19.
Australian scientists discover another potential cure for COVID-19
In a Daily Mail report, ivermectin is used in the United States and in the NHS as an antiparasitic drug, Australian researchers believe it may be useful against COVID-19.
Researchers at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, found that ivermectin could hinder the replication of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the laboratory in less than 48 hours, according to the study published in Antiviral research.
Healthy cells were infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, or the new coronavirus, for two hours, then ivermectin was injected.
Test by Australian researchers showed that even a single dose of the pest control drug was enough to dramatically reduce viral RNA in the first 28 hours, then wipe out 99.8% in 48 hours.
On the third day, the coronavirus was completely eliminated.
Ivermectin against coronavirus
Although researchers aren’t yet sure how ivermectin can kill the coronavirus, they believe the drug paralyzes the virus and “overwhelms its nervous system”, which then hampers its replication process.
“Ivermectin is widely used and considered to be a safe drug. Now we need to determine if the dosage you can use in humans will be effective. This is the next step, “said study leader Dr. Kylie Wagstaff.
Researchers believe that with the help of their study, they can create an antiviral drug based on ivermectin, which could be injected into COVID-19 patients at the start of infection to prevent the progression of the disease.
In addition, it could also limit the progression of person-to-person transmission.
According to Newsweek, among the team was Dr. Leon Caly, a virologist who was part of the team that first isolated and shared SARS-CoV-2 outside of China, the alleged origin of the coronavirus, in January 2020.
Caly expressed enthusiasm over the prospect of ivermectin as a potential antiviral drug against COVID-19.
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Since Australian scientists believe the drug has antiviral properties, they want to conduct human trials and continue research focusing on the anti-parasite drug and its effectiveness in stopping and killing the coronavirus.
However, the study was not carried out in vitro, which means that ivermectin is only used with cells made in the laboratory.
Safe to use, but do not abuse
However, the team noted that ivermectin has already been shown to be safe for use and is approved by the FDA and MHRA.
Ivermectin was first discovered in the 1970s, but became widely used in the 1980s as an effective medicine for head lice, scabies and other parasitic infections, and is available as a pill, shampoo and lotion.
Although the drug is promising, health officials are warning the public against self-medication and the use of the drug to treat or prevent COVID-19.
Based on an ABC News report, Victorian Minister of Health Jenny Mikakos urges the public not to abuse the drug or rush to pharmacies to buy and use lice treatments “totally inappropriately” as this could be fatal.
From now on, all we can do is stay inside to avoid a coronavirus infection or rush to the hospital to see a doctor if you think you have COVID-19 and let the experts provide necessary treatments.
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