The new BA.5 subvariant has caused a sharp rise in cases and hospitalizations throughout much of the United States.
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Face masks are still an effective way to help stop the spread of the BA.5 subvariant.
Paxlovid may help prevent severe illness in patients at highest risk for COVID-19 complications.
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An infectious disease doctor discusses the use, benefits and availability of a drug to prevent severe COVID-19.
Pharmacies could play an increasingly important role in testing and treatment of COVID-19.
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Earlier detection and treatment of COVID-19 by health care providers in pharmacies could help prevent surges in infection rates and severe illness.
The drug has been authorised for the use in the UK and elsewhere, but some are calling for further testing.
Substances found in algae, squid and fish all have potential antiviral properties.
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Merck announced preliminary data suggesting the drug reduced the risk of hospitalisation and death by 50%.
Molnupiravir is showing promise for treating and controlling the spread of COVID-19.
Emergency medical technicians aid a COVID-19 patient at his home in Louisville, Kentucky. Like much of the U.S., Louisville is experiencing an uptick in COVID-19 patients requiring emergency transport to medical facilities.
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Medications to treat COVID-19 are in no way a substitute for the vaccine. But under the right circumstances, some show great promise for helping patients.
New direct-acting antiviral drugs would work successfully in countries where numerous different strains of hepatitis C are found.
While the results are very promising, it has only been tested in mice. Human clinical trials will take some time to complete before we know whether a drug could become available.
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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.