While the Coronavirus Pandemic crisis continues, there are signs that we are fighting back. Most of us are “sheltering at home” now, which will help mitigate the spread of the virus. And Scientists around the world are racing to find ways to fight back against the virus as well.
Newser just shared a story about a Japanese flu drug that has shown positive signs in fighting the coronavirus.
(NEWSER) – “It has a high degree of safety and is clearly effective in treatment.” Those are definitely words one wants to hear regarding a drug that could help coronavirus patients, and they’re the words of an official at China’s science and technology ministry regarding favipiravir, a new Japanese flu drug that China has been using on COVID-19 patients. Those who received the drug, brand name Avigan, in a clinical trial in Shenzhen tested negative for coronavirus a median of four days after testing positive; for those not treated, the figure was 11 days. Plus, those treated with the drug showed improved lung condition via X-ray in 91% of cases. Those not treated had a rate of 62%, the Guardian reports. There were 80 people involved in that trial, and similar results were found in a Wuhan trial involving 240 patients, NHK reports.
It’s early, but this is a bit of positive news that is worth sharing.
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Remember, stay at home if possible and keep an eye out for the warning signs of Coronavirus:
It’s also important to point out that 90% or more of all people who get ill recover within two weeks, so if you feel ill, “self-quarantine” and contact your health care provider – and take any medication that helps you get through the bug.
Also, here are great ways to practice “social distancing”, thanks to the terrific blogger theplankingtraveler.com:
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