The researchers worked to explore whether mineral drugs, compounds that contain minerals and are commonly used to fight bacteria, may also have antiviral properties that can fight the SARS-Covid-2 virus.
Using Syrian mice in the laboratory, the researchers found that one of the drugs, ranitidine bismuth citrate, was “a powerful anti-SARS-Cove-2 agent.” The researcher at the University of Hong Kong Ranming Wang told reporters Monday during the presentation of the study that the drug ranitidine bismuth citrate “is able to reduce the viral load in the lung of an infected mouse by ten times … Our findings show that this drug is a potential antiviral agent in the case of Covid-19.” ».
As scientists struggle to find an effective vaccine, they are also searching for readily available drugs that may alleviate symptoms caused by Covid-19 disease or help the body fight infection. Both remdesivir, a broad-spectrum antiviral drug, and dexamethasone, a type of corticosteroid, were found to have some success against the virus.
Doctors used both drugs to treat US President Donald Trump after contracting Covid-19. However, remdesivir is expensive and there is a global shortage of stock, while dexamethasone has risky immunosuppressive effects for all patients except for the most sick.
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