The more some people want to believe that COVID-19 is just a flu, the more they prove themselves wrong. The SARS-CoV-2 virus doesn’t seem to spare anybody who’s not following strict rules like social distancing as much as possible, frequently washing hands, wearing a mask in public, and so on.
Countries like Italy, Spain, UK, and France are now confronting a second wave of COVID-19 infections, which automatically triggers new concerns for how we can all protect ourselves better.
Blood pressure medicine can help
A new study made by scientists from the Norwich medical school at the University of East Anglia (UEA) reveals that drugs used for blood pressure can improve survival rates among patients with COVID-19 that also have hypertension. Therefore, those who had been taking angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEi) or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB) experienced a much lower risk of critical illness or death.
The lead researcher of the study, Dr Vassilios Vassiliou, declared:
“As the world braces itself for a potential second wave of the infection, it is particularly important that we understand the impact that these medications have in Covid-19 patients,
“Our research provides substantial evidence to recommend continued use of these medications if the patients were taking them already.”
In order to obtain the new results, UEA collaborated with the Norfolk and Norwich university hospital for analyzing 19 studies that involved a total of nearly 29,000 patients.
With over 23 million infections across the world and more than 800,000 deaths, the ongoing pandemic won’t go away anytime soon. The most affected countries remain the US, Brazil, India, Russia, South Africa, and so on. The most affected states from the USA remain California, Texas, Florida, and New York. There are also countries in the world that didn’t report any cases of people infected by COVID-19: Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, North Korea, and more.
However, the good news is that 172 countries are engaged in finding a vaccine for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.