Breakthrough development Reported by scientists in fight against Novel coronavirus

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Breakthrough development Reported by scientists in fight against Novel coronavirus

ISLAMABAD -- Breakthrough development Reported by scientists in fight against Novel coronavirus.

An anti-parasitic head lice drug available around the world has been found to kill COVID-19 in the lab within 48 hours.

A Monash University-led study has shown a single dose of the drug Ivermectin could stop the virus growing in cell culture.

‘We found that even a single dose could essentially remove all viral RNA (effectively removed all genetic material of the virus) by 48 hours and that even at 24 hours there was a really significant reduction in it,’ Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute’s Dr Kylie Wagstaff said on Friday.

While it’s not known how Ivermectin works on the virus, the drug likely stops the virus dampening the host cells’ ability to clear it.

The next step is for scientists to determine the correct human dosage, to make sure the level used in vitro is safe for humans.

‘In times when we’re having a global pandemic and there isn’t an approved treatment, if we had a compound that was already available around the world then that might help people sooner,’ Dr Wagstaff said.

Realistically it’s going to be a while before a vaccine is broadly available.

Scientists expect it could be at least a month before human trials.