Russia’s Ministry of Health names three drugs that can treat new Chinese coronavirus
While health professionals across the world research for a vaccine to tackle the terrible new infection, Russian health bosses have identified a trio of existing medicines to combat 2019-nCoV in adults.
The new coronavirus can be fought with ribavirin, lopinavir/ritonavir and interferon beta-1b, they believe. These drugs are typically used to treat hepatitis C, HIV and multiple sclerosis respectively.
The Ministry of Health advisory not only offers recommendations, but also describes how the treatments work and in what capacity they should be prescribed. The guidelines are intended for doctors in hospitals throughout the country.
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One of the drugs recommended, ribavirin, was used in the treatment of the 2003 Chinese SARS outbreak, which infected over 9,000 people and killed 774 across 20 different countries. The new coronavirus has shown a sizeable genetic similarity with SARS, with one sequence comparison showing a match of 78.5%.
The ministry also instructs that, in order to avoid and reduce the severity of symptoms, medication should be consumed within two days of contact with an infected person. Their prevention recommendations also include sanitary and hygiene rules, such as handwashing and wearing protective masks.
Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova explained that there is a considerable risk of the coronavirus entering Russia, despite the current situation of confirmed cases remaining at zero.
According to the Chinese government’s most recent data, there are currently 7711 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with at least one in every region of mainland China. So far, 170 people have died.