Are there effective medications against coronavirus?
The epidemic has claimed 425 lives in China and more than 20,000 reported cases of infections. Deaths from Hong Kong and the Philippines have also been reported.
Doctors have relied primarily on symptomatic treatment to provide relief. They urge maximum prevention, as the world is still struggling to find a cure for infection.
WHO, through its Twitter managers, has published guidelines to prevent contraction, and also answered some common questions about treatment.
P: Are there specific medications to prevent or treat the new coronavirus?
To date, there is no specific medication recommended to prevent or treat the virus. However, people infected with the virus should receive adequate care to relieve and treat symptoms, and people with a serious illness should receive optimized suppression care. Some specific treatments are under investigation and will be treated through chemical tests. WHO is helping to accelerate research and development efforts with a variety of partners.
P: Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating the new coronavirus?
No, antibiotics do not work against viruses, only bacteria. 2019-nC0V is a virus and, therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment. However, if you are hospitalized for nCoV 2019, you may receive antibiotics since bacterial coinfection is possible.
Asymptomatic 2019nCoV infection can be rare, and the transmission of an asymptomatic person is very rare with other coronaviruses, as we have seen with MERS. Therefore, the transmission of asymptomatic cases is probably not an important transmission factor.
The number of confirmed terminations in India has increased to three, and all were reported by Kerala. The state government has declared a state-specific disaster.
Among the Indians who returned from Wuhan, five developed symptoms of infection and were taken to an army hospital in Delhi.