Anti-parasitic drug may help stop Covid-19: study

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Anti-parasitic drug may help stop Covid-19: study

Apr 05, 2020 11:28 IST

In what could possibly be a breakthrough discovery, Australian scientists have found that a common anti-parasitic drug killed the new coronavirus, growing in cell culture, within 48 hours in a lab setting. The drug Ivermectin is an FDA-approved drug known to be effective against many viruses including HIV, dengue, influenza and zika virus. Published in the journal Antiviral Research, scientists found that a single dose of Ivermectin could get rid of all genetic material of the virus in two days. However, researchers warned that the tests conducted were in vitro and human tests will need to conducted before any conclusive outcome can be announced.

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