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Scientists in Hong Kong have confirmed the effectiveness of a drug used to treat stomach ulcers that has proven effective in combating Corona virus in animals.
Hong Kong: Scientists in Hong Kong announced Monday that the antimicrobial drug ranitidine bismuth citrate used to treat stomach ulcers and bacterial infections has shown promising results in fighting the Corona virus in animals.
The researchers worked to explore whether metallic 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 “strong anti-SARS-Cove-2 agent”.
The researcher at Hong Kong Ranming University Wang told reporters Monday during the team’s presentation of the study that ranitidine bismuth citrate “is able to reduce the viral load in the lung of an infected mouse by tenfold. … Our findings show that this drug is a potential antiviral agent in the case of Covid.” -19 “.
It is reported that the new Corona virus has caused the death of more than a million people since its appearance in China last December, before spreading around the world.
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.
It was previously found that the two treatments remdesivir, which is a broad-spectrum antiviral drug, and dexamethasone, a type of corticosteroid, 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 stocks, while dexamethasone has risky immunosuppressive effects for all but the most ill patients.
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