Asia Covid19 

Israel already using steroid said to save 1/3 of most severe COVID-19 cases

After UK researchers announced that a steroid drug has been found to significantly increase the chances of survival for those seriously ill as a result of the coronavirus, a report Wednesday revealed that some Israeli hospitals have for months been including it in the range of medicines they use to treat the disease. Doctors at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, and Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem had been giving dexamethasone to some patients since the outbreak began earlier this year, Channel 13 news reported.…

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Coronavirus: Hydroxychloroquine ineffective in preventing COVID-19- Study

The malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine, was ineffective in preventing infection in people exposed to coronavirus, a clinical trial released on Wednesday has reportedly shown. The study was conducted on 821 people by researchers from the University of Minnesota and Canada. The study is the first large controlled clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine conducted after the malaria drug was promoted by U.S. President Donald Trump as a treatment for COVID-19. In March, Mr Trump repeatedly promoted the drug saying he had recently taken it himself. He said hydroxychloroquine, used in combination with the…

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Russia approves ‘game-changer’ antiviral drug to treat coronavirus

Russia has approved a ‘game-changer’ antiviral drug to treat the coronavirus and is ready to start giving it to infected patients next week. The Health Ministry in Russia has approved Avifavir, following the promising results of the first phase of clinical trials of the medication. Covid-19 patients given the drug recovered in half the time compared to those who took a placebo and that it cures 90 per cent of patients in 10 days, health chiefs claimed. Russian officials modified a version of the generic drug favipiravir, a drug designed…

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Should COVID-19 Patients Avoid Taking Ibuprofen?

Adding to the extant confusion swirling about the COVID-19 coronavirus disease pandemic in March 2020, the French government, including Health Minister Olivier Véran, issued warnings advising that infected persons should avoid taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen: Serious adverse events related to the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have been reported in patients with COVID19, possible or confirmed cases. We remind you that the treatment of a poorly tolerated fever or pain in the context of COVID19 or any other respiratory virosis is based on paracetamol, without…

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