Thai Doctors Successfully Treat Coronavirus with Antiviral Drug Cocktail

Henrietta Strickland
February 5, 2020

A combination of anti-flu and AIDS drugs has been successful in reducing symptoms of coronavirus patients, Thai doctors confirmed on Sunday.

The medicines were given to a 71 year old patient for 48 hours and she recovered dramatically.

In medicine treatment applied by Thai doctors, lopinavir and ritonavir used against HIV virus and oseltamivir used against flu are given to patients in high doses. He added that Thailand's Health Ministry is waiting for the results of the latest research to replicate the findings.

A cocktail of antiviral drugs appeared effective in treating a seriously ill coronavirus patient, a Thai health official said. He said, "I had treated a patient with a severe condition, and the result has been very satisfactory".

"Test results changed from positive (for the virus) to negative 48 hours after applying this mixture", he said. One of the two continuing to receive the medicines has tested negative to the 2019-nCoV virus, he said.

Thailand has so far recorded 19 cases of coronavirus, Reuters reports, making it the country with the greatest number of infections in Southeast Asia.

Three cases of coronavirus have been reported in Kerala, India.

The best approach for the general public is to try and "stay healthy" so your immune system can offer a robust response to the threat of the virus, said Singapore's health minister Gan Kim Yong.

The information would help them locate people who might have been in contact with her, so they could be checked for the virus. Eighteen cases in Thailand are of people who had come from Wuhan.

A nurse wearing a protective face mask leaves an area where patients suspected of being infected with the new coronavirus are placed in quarantine at a hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, February 3, 2020.

"Now we are trying our best to find as many infected cases as possible and also people who have been in contact with them".

The Thais who returned from Wuhan on Tuesday night, will have to undergo health screening at the airport and will be quarantined for 14 days at a navy-operated hotel at Sattahip Naval Base in Chon Buri, before they are allowed to return home.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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