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This Drug Is Tested to Kill COVID-19, What Is the Result?

This Drug Is Tested to Kill COVID-19, What Is the Result? In the middle of the world that is being attacked by the coronavirus or COVID-19, several studies are conducted to find a cure. In Australia, a study has found that the anti-parasitic drug previously used, Ivermectin can kill COVID-19 within 48 hours. 
Reported by the Times of India, Tuesday (09/07/2020), the drug which has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also been proven effective in vitro fighting other types of viruses, such as HIV, dengue fever, influenza, and zika virus.

Research conducted by Monash University, Australia, has shown that a single dose of this drug can stop the growth of the virus and can be eradicated in just two days.

"We found that even one dose can erase all viral load up to 48 hours and even in the first 24 hours, there was a very significant reduction in that," said Dr. Kylie Wagstaff, the leader in the study, was quoted as saying by viva.co.id. 

This Drug Is Tested to Kill COVID-19, What Is the Result?
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Dr. Wagstaff added tests had been carried out in vitro, but trials in humans still needed to be done. 

"The next step is to find out whether the dose used in humans will be effective. When we are experiencing a global pandemic, it is better to use drugs that are already available in most parts of the world," he continued. 

Although it is not yet known whether Ivermectin can work well on the coronavirus or not, high suspicion is taken because this drug can react to other viruses. Ivermectin is known to stop viruses and reduce the ability of host cells to stop them.

"Ivermectin is still far from the vaccine for the new coronavirus," he said. 

Dr. Wagstaff and Professor David Jans of the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute began researching the effects of Ivermectin since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether this drug can be used or not to treat the coronavirus depends on the success of preclinical testing and further trials.

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