COVID-19 Pandemic and Live Updates

Scientists have figured out 30 existing drugs that work effectively to prevent the novel COVID-19 pandemic and its replication. Scientists have found it after working with the live SARS-CoV-2 virus. However, these drugs haven’t yet undergone any testing against the virus.

According to a senior author named Sumit Chanda, Ph.D., they believed that was one of the first inclusive drug screens utilizing the live SARS-CoV-2 virus, and their hope was that one or more of those drugs could save lives while they waited for a vaccine for the virus.

Their researches and suggestions

Of the 30 drugs that the researchers found out, six of them were so effective in a tolerable concentration. The authors explain that since the doctors used the drug already in the clinic, that would accelerate their clinical and pre-clinical evaluation for the treatment of this virus.

A recent study using the cell cultures states that ivermectin, which is an existing antiparasitic drug, can remove the SARS-CoV-2 within only 48 hours. But, still, it needs to be seen either the approach is safe for humans or not.

Kylie Wagstaff, the Ph.D., a lead researcher, found that even a single dose could have removed all the viral RNA by 2 days and sometimes even at 24 hours, and there had been a notable reduction in it.

But, there are still obstacles to overcome. Wagstaff also explains that they need to figure out either the dosage one can use effectively in humans or not.

The authors of the study concluded by stating that more children in the U.S. required hospitalization in this COVID-19 pandemic compared with the number of U.S. officials predicted previously. The study is published in Journal of Public Health Management & Practice.

The projections also indicate that in a few scenarios, the U.S. pediatric healthcare services perhaps could be overwhelmed by the number of infected children.