Australian scientists find drug that can kill coronavirus within 48 hours
Australian scientists have claimed that ‘Ivermectin’, an anti-parasitic drug, can kill the highly-contagious virus in human body within 48 hours.
A collaborative study, published in Antiviral Research, was led by Monash University’s Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) in Melbourne, Australia, with the Peter Doherty Institute of Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute).
Ivermectin drug, which is widely available around the world, is highly effective against the COVID-19 virus when applied to an infected cell culture, according to the research published in Antiviral Research journal.
The research says that the development of an effective anti-viral for the coronavirus, if given to patients early on in their infection, could limit their viral load, stop the disease progressing and prevent transmission.
"We found that even a single dose could essentially remove all viral RNA by 48 hours and that even at 24 hours there was a really significant reduction in it," EurekAlert cited Dr Kylie Wagstaff as saying.
Wagstaff however cautioned that the tests conducted in the study were in vitro and that human trials were yet to be carried out of the medicine.