Thailand Doctors Apparently Cure Coronavirus with Anti-Flu and Anti-HIV Drugs

Henrietta Strickland
February 6, 2020

Thailand doctors seem to have found a cure for the coronavirus outbreak by using HIV drugs.

A cocktail of antiviral drugs appeared effective in treating a seriously ill patient infected with the coronavirus that's spreading around the world, a Thai health official said. The patient, who is 71 years old tested negative for Coronavirus infection, almost 48 hours after the first dose of the combination medicines were given to her.

"We have seen reports coming from Thailand; of course, the improvement of one patient does not constitute evidence", Abeyasinghe told reporters in Malacañang. The Thai Ministry of Health is awaiting the full results of the studies to prove what has been discovered.

California-based Gilead Sciences said they are working with Chinese authorities on clinical trials to determine if remdesivir - a drug used to treat SARS - is effective. Out of the 19 patients, 11 remain in hospital, while eight patients have returned home. In Tiruchy in Tamil Nadu, one person is suspected to be infected with the Coronavirus. The patient's condition has improved very quickly within 48 hours.

"Test results changed from positive (for the virus) to negative 48 hours after applying this mixture", he said.

Thailand confirmed six new cases of the new coronavirus on Tuesday, four of them Thai nationals and two Chinese, bringing the total to 25, the highest number outside China.

The Philippine Health Department said the man, who was from Wuhan, was hospitalised on January 25 with a fever, cough and sore throat and died after developing severe pneumonia.

No drugs, including Tamiflu, have been approved to treat coronaviruses, and Tamiflu is aimed specifically at flu viruses, according to Roche. The drugs, originally used for HIV and influenza treatment, were a success according to a medical briefing given by Dr. Kriangsak Attipornwanich. Eighteen cases in Thailand are of people who had come from Wuhan.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said on Tuesday 138 Thais had boarded an Air Asia flight from the epicentre of the outbreak, Wuhan in China, to Thailand.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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