Treating COVID-19 With a Daily Pill Could Become Reality in Several Months

Treating COVID-19 With a Daily Pill Could Become Reality in Several Months
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If there’s one thing everybody agrees with when it comes to the COVID pandemic, it’s that we all want it to end once and for all. It’s been over 18 months since the first outbreak of the virus, and medical researchers keep looking for solutions.

According to inforum.com, Dr. Daniel Griffin, who is an infectious disease and immunology expert from Columbia University, believes that antiviral pills would become another way of fighting COVID.

Recovered after four pills

Miranda Kelly, a nursing assistant, along with her husband, Joe, got pretty ill due to COVID. Both of them live in Seattle, and they agreed to participate in a clinical trial for testing an antiviral treatment that could defeat COVID early during its course.

The couple started to take four pills twice a day. In less than two weeks, they recovered. They also weren’t told if they received active medication or a placebo.

Miranda Kelly said, as quoted by inforum.com:

I don’t know if we got the treatment, but I kind of feel like we did,

To have all these underlying conditions, I felt like the recovery was very quick.

The treatment that the Kelly couple underwent can fight the coronavirus early after diagnosis.

Timothy Sheahan, who’s a virologist at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill who has contributed to pioneering the therapies, declared as also quoted by inforum.com:

Oral antivirals have the potential to not only curtail the duration of one’s COVID-19 syndrome, but also have the potential to limit transmission to people in your household if you are sick.

Carl Dieffenbach, who’s the director of the Division of AIDS from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says that a minimum of three promising antivirals for the SARS-CoV-2 virus is under testing in clinical trials. The results will come in the fall or winter.


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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