Drugs developed for a number of diseases are being tried on COVID-19

Scientists’ fight against COVID-19 ravaging China is two-pronged: Treatment and prevention.

Simply put, we need an antiviral treatment to reduce the severity of its symptoms and mortality associated with the illness, and a vaccine to prevent millions more people from catching it.

On the treatment front, there are about 90 existing treatments for such things as HIV, influenza A and malaria being tested on COVID-19 patients in China, according to Srinivas Murthy, an infectious disease specialist at B.C. Children’s Hospital.

“People are trying a lot of different things and hopefully something sticks,” he said.

More than 75,000 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed worldwide since the new coronavirus first appeared less than three months ago and more than 2,000 people have died, mainly in China.


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