A trial of potential coronavirus drugs for people over the age of 50 who are at risk of developing severe symptoms is looking to recruit more UK volunteers.
More than 500 general surgeons ask those who have a new, continuous cough or high temperature to test existing drugs.
Patients over the age of 65 or over the age of 50 with an underlying health condition can complete an online questionnaire at home to see if they can be included.
Patients can also contact participating general practitioners to discuss their relevance.
The trial, led by a team from the University of Oxford, will compare with the best care currently available a number of low-risk treatments recommended by a group of experts advising the Chief Physician of England, including:
- a seven-day course of hydroxychloroquine, usually used for acute malaria or arthritis
- the antibiotic azithromycin
Participants will still be able to take paracetamol to relieve their symptoms.
And each day, for a maximum of four weeks, they will be asked to answer certain online questions about them.
Professor Fiona Watt, Executive President of the Medical Research Council, which funds the trial, with the National Institute for Health Research, said, “We need more people to participate in the trial in order to see if we can identify a drug that helps prevent people from reaching the hospital and speeds their recovery. ”