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The UK government has created an antivirus taskforce to develop new drugs against coronavirus.
Ivermectin is effective in treating river blindness. We’re not sure about COVID.
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The antiparasitic drug was thought to be a potential treatment for COVID-19, but there isn't sufficient evidence to recommend its use, despite widespread support online.
Efforts are underway to curb the outbreak.
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The virus is always present in nature and when circumstances allow, it may jump from one species to another.
Treatment nationalism is a threat to us all.
SARS-CoV-2 turns on a cellular switch to build the tubes in this photo – called filopodia – that might help viral particles – the little spheres – spread more easily.
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Kinases are cellular control switches. When they malfunction, they can cause cancer. The coronavirus hijacks these kinases to replicate, and cancer drugs that target them could fight COVID-19.
It takes a tremendous amount of computing power to simulate all the components and behaviors of viruses and cells.
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Scanning through billions of chemicals to find a few potential drugs for treating COVID-19 requires computers that harness together thousands of processors.
Finding drugs that treat the COVID-19 coronavirus may be just as important as developing a vaccine. But it's much harder to create effective antivirals than antibiotics.
Testing in cells is an important and exciting first step.
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Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, identified nine existing drugs that show promise to treat COVID-19. The proteins they target haven't been tried before.
Preliminary results from a US trial show remdesivir may help in treating COVID-19. But the findings haven't been peer-reviewed, and the results from other clinical trials have shown little effect.
Wouldn’t it be nice if getting a vaccine was a simple as putting on a Band-Aid?
University of Pittsburgh researchers are developing a vaccine patch for COVID-19 that is as easy to apply as a Band-Aid.
It seems as though every other day we're told a cure has been found for coronavirus. This is not strictly true – but there are some therapeutic options showing promise.
Scientific research on the novel coronavirus has progressed at unprecedented speed.
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While there is no cure for COVID-19, dozens of clinical trials are underway to test retroviral medicines and potential vaccines targeting the novel coronavirus.
An employee in Nantong, China, checks the production of chloroquine phosphate, an old drug for the treatment of malaria.
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A medicinal chemist addresses questions about chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine: what it is, whether it is effective against COVID-19 and whether it can treat and/or prevent this disease.
There are 20,000 FDA approved drugs. One of them might fight COVID-19, if we can find it.
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Among the more than 20,000 drugs approved by the FDA, there may be some that can treat COVID-19. A team at the University of California, San Francisco, is identifying possible candidates.
U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, center, demonstrates hand-washing to U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, left, and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, right, in Rocky Hill, Conn., March 2, 2020.
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As the coronavirus spreads, public health officials stress the importance of hand washing. But can it really make that much of a difference? A microbiologist explains why.
Patients infected with COVID-19 rest at a temporary hospital in Wuhan, China, Feb. 17, 2020.
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Viruses are basically parasites and, as such, can wreak havoc -- but not always. Viruses are within you right now. Viruses cause the most damage when they jump from a familiar host to a new host.
High-tech ways to scan nature’s own creations.
Pharmaceutical companies focus on small molecules they've devised – and can easily patent. But nature's already come up with many antibacterial compounds that drug designers could use to make medicines.
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A clinical trial currently underway in France could confirm that that HIV treatment can be safely reduced to just four days a week, while maintaining the same efficacy.
Tens of thousands of Australians have been cured of Hepatitis C since March 2016.
Australia has been subsidising drugs to cure hepatitis C since March 2016. Unlike in many other countries, these are available to everyone with the disease and are much cheaper for our government.
Computers may play an important role in preparing us for the next viral outbreak – whether flu or Ebola.
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This antivirus software protects health, not computers. Researchers are beginning to combat deadly infections using computer-generated antiviral proteins – a valuable tool to fight a future pandemic.