Reports out of Bangkok, Thailand, is that doctors have supposedly seen some success with the treatment of individuals who have presented with the novel 2019-nCov—or coronavirus. The combining of several medications for the flu, along with drugs used to combat HIV, has shown to improve the patient’s condition within 48 hours.
Rajavithi Hospital, located in Bangkok, is where the doctors are located that claim that several patients under their immediate care have seen an improvement due to this newest approach to battling the coronavirus. One such patient that showed an improvement of their condition was a Chinese woman from Wuhan, 70 years old, who had originally been tested positive for the virus for ten days.
The reported treatment includes a mixture of lopinavir and ritonavir, both anti-HIV drugs, along with large doses of oseltamivir, a drug used for the flu. Dr. Kraingska Atipornwanich, a lung specialist, located at Rajavithi Hospital, made sure to inform that this is in no way a cure. However, when used on the infected individual, it did serve to show a vast improvement.
After the patient had reportedly tested as positive with the coronavirus for ten days, when the mixture of drugs was applied, the individual's tests came back within 48 hours as negative. Atipornwanich admitted that the results looked promising, however, he cautioned that there is a need for more studying of the drug combination, in an effort to confirm that it may be used as a standard of treatment.
Reports indicate that health officials in China have already started to administer the mixture of HIV and flu drugs in an effort to fight the spread of the coronavirus. Thai doctors felt that, by administering the three medications in the form of a cocktail, the treatment seemed to be much more effective.
In two other cases, where the same form of drug cocktail was administered, one patient presented with what appeared to be an allergic reaction, while the other presented with marked improvement. Even though one doctor reminded that they were adhering to following international practices, he did admit that they chose to increase the quantity of one of the drugs—that of oseltamivir.
Thailand has reported 19 confirmed cases of the novel virus. Of those patients, eight have been administered the drug cocktail, and as such, have recovered and been released. The other 11 are still reportedly in the hospital receiving treatment.
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