Coronavirus can be stopped in 48 hours using a simple Anti-Parasitic Drug finds new study

Researchers have also found that an antiparasitic drug already available worldwide may destroy the novel coronavirus grown in cell cultures within 48 hours. This discovery could lead to the development and testing of a new COVID-19 therapeutic therapy. The drug, Ivermectin, prevented the virus, SARS-CoV-2, from developing in cell culture within 48 hours, according to the report published in the journal Antiviral Research.

by Niranjani Jesentha Kumari Prabagararaj

Updated: Apr 06, 2020 14:45 IST

Tags: World Corona
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Ivermectin used as a safe medication

Study co-author Kylie Wagstaff of Monash University in Australia said: "We found that even a single dose could significantly eliminate all viral RNA by 48 hours and that there was a genuinely significant reduction in it even at 24 hours".

Scientists said Ivermectin is an approved antiparasitic drug that has also been demonstrated to be effective in vitro against a wide range of viruses, including HIV, Dengue, Influenza, and Zika viruses. 

Wagstaff, however, noted that the experiments performed in the study were in vitro and that it was essential to perform trials in humans.

"Ivermectin is commonly used and used as a safe medication. We need to find out now if the dose you would use in humans is going to be successful that's the next step," said Wagstaff. 

"In situations where we're getting a global pandemic, and there's no approved cure, if we have a drug already available around the world, then it might benefit people faster," she said.

While the mechanism by which Ivermectin acts on the virus is not understood, the scientists said it is likely to work to stop the virus from 'dampening down' the ability of host cells to clear it, based on its activity in other viruses.

The scientists further said that the use of Ivermectin in the battle against COVID-19 would depend on potential pre-clinical and eventually, clinical trials.
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