Thailand sees good result from using drug mixture on coronavirus patient

Henrietta Strickland
February 5, 2020

The Thai doctors administered the flu drug because of research indicating that it helped some patients afflicted with a more-deadly coronavirus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome, or Mers.

Thai Doctors have confirmed a combination of flu and anti-aids drugs commonly used to HIV is effective in treating patients who tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

At least one other patient in Thailand improved with the cocktail treatment, Reuters reported, though officials were saying it is too early to determine whether such drug combinations can be used on anyone with the virus.

The doctors have claimed that they have been using a cocktail of flu and HIV drugs and it has proved to be effective, according to a report in Bangkok Post. They will then be quarantined for 14 days after returning to Thailand. Till now nearly 17,000 people have been infected with this virus, as a result, most of the countries are taking initiative for travel bans and restrictions. The patient's condition has improved very quickly within 48 hours.

Currently, there are 25 confirmed coronavirus cases in Thailand of whom 19 are China nationals and six Thais.

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. "And the test result has also changed from being positive into negative within 48 hours as well". Eighteen cases in Thailand are of people who had come from Wuhan. The nation is also monitoring 311 people for possible infection in hospitals as of Sunday, according to a health ministry statement. Eight people have recovered and been discharged while the other 17 remained in hospitals.

Health authorities had contacted their Japanese counterparts seeking information related to the infected Thai tourists, he said.

Six of the evacuees from Wuhan were sent to hospitals with high temperatures after they arrived at the U-Tapao airport aboard a Thai AirAsia evacuation flight, public health minister Anutin Charnvirakul told reporters. "The treatment, as well as the recovery, is fast", Kriangsak said.

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