Antiviral Treatments for Covid 19 Coronavirus
Get information on how far the efforts for finding treatment for Covid-19 have reached. Learn about the different antiviral treatments available for Covid-19.
The approval of more companies producing rapid tests for Covid-19 has been a blessing in the fight against the virus. Through observational data and clinical trials, more information about coronavirus is being uncovered. While there have been some developments in the treatment of Covid-19, there is still no approved vaccine or cure. So far, doctors have mostly been left with the option of managing the virus, depending on the patients’ healthcare needs.
Antivirals are the treatments currently being used for Covid-19.
Remdesivir has been recommended for Covid-19 patients in severe conditions. Such patients fall under the category of patients who need mechanical ventilation, supplemental oxygen, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. However, note that Remdesivir is still under investigation and has not yet been approved by the FDA. The treatment is only available through approved emergency use by the FDA.
The treatment has also been found to be safe for both children and adults. Pregnant patients can also get the treatment via an emergency access program. Remdesivir can be used for clinical trials. The use of the treatment outside the hospital and for moderate cases of Covid-19 is not recommended.
This is yet another antiviral treatment option for Covid-19. However, just like Remdesivir, the FDA has not approved it as to go for treatment. More so, there is no clinical data that advises against the use of this treatment.
However, there are guidelines to be followed when administering chloroquine to Covid-19 patients. High dosages of the treatment should be avoided as they contain high toxicities. That is 600 mg twice every day for ten days. The treatments should maintain a low dose that has lower toxicity. Also, it should not be administered outside the hospitals. Apart from that, it should not be used in any other way apart from clinical trials.
There are also specific antiviral treatment options that have been advised against. For instance, a combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin is toxic and is only reserved for clinical trials.
HIV protease inhibitors like Lopinavir/ritonavir have demonstrated negative clinical trial data and are not recommended for Covid-19 treatment.
Doctors have recommended the antivirals mentioned above as a result of the clinical trial outcomes they have demonstrated. There is still a lot to be done: well-designed clinical tests and other observational studies before the FDA approves the antivirals as the ideal treatments for Covid-19. Scientists and researchers are doing the best they can to find a cure or vaccine for coronavirus as soon as possible.
Paul Singh, MHA, BA
Covid Antibody Diagnostics™
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