A team of researchers from Australia’s Monash University has found that an anti-parasitic drug named ivermectin was able to prevent the SARS-COV-2 in cell cultures. But this isn’t the first time the drug was shown to be effective. The drug was also previously effective against viruses like HIV, Influenza, and Zika. As of now, the results of the drug in vitro gives promising results. In a period of just 48 hours, the drug was able to eliminate all the virus particles in the culture, and on the midway mark of 24 hours, the drug had marked reduction in the viral particle.
Currently, we should see that the drug is only effective at a laboratory level. The researchers are on the roll to find out the effectiveness of the drug on humans by clinical trials. But what we already know that the drug is already used in humans and approved by the FDA as a potentially safe drug. The view for developing vaccines is already far away. Compounds like these are our potential loopholes to fight the pandemic effectively.
Ivermectin is primarily an ectoparasiticide used against various lives, ticks, and even nematodes. It is used effectively both in animals and humans to against various conditions like myiasis etc. Founded in 1975, it is regarded as one of the safest drugs by the WHO. This drug, if proven effective, will definitely help to fight against the pandemic on a larger scale and help save lives. With anti-malarial drugs already in the race to cure the disease, this will be a helping hand for mankind against the demon.
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