They’re calling for advice before using bleach or disinfectant. Or they’re calling to ask about side-effects after gargling, spraying or bathing in them. It’s a worry.
Plasma therapy sounded great at the start of the pandemic. Give COVID patients blood plasma from people who had recovered. But the evidence is in. It doesn’t work.
A lot has changed in COVID treatment since the pandemic began. Here are the treatments you can expect — from being diagnosed, to going to hospital, and for those who need to be cared for in ICU.
Ivermectin is used to treat parasitic infections, but has not been shown to prevent or treat COVID-19.
Ivermectin is the most recent example of a medication touted as a miracle drug for COVID-19 without solid medical evidence supporting its use.
Side-effects for this unproven and potentially dangerous treatment range from vomiting and diarrhoea to seizures and a coma.
The government has ordered 7,700 doses of sotrovimab. But until further evidence shows it’s effective, the guidelines say it should only be given to patients as part of a human clinical trial.
Investigations have led to the withdrawal of a study backing ivermectin to treat COVID-19. But that’s not the last time we’ll hear about this controversial drug.
Researchers around the world are using new and existing technology to develop potential treatments for those with COVID-19. Here’s what’s in development in Australia.
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.
A nurse holds plasma donated by a man who recovered from COVID-19.
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In the blood of COVID-19 survivors are antibodies that can defeat SARS-CoV-2. Researchers are testing whether these antibodies can be collected and injected into others to save them from the virus.
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The head lice drug ivermectin is being touted as a coronavirus killer. But studies suggest it would need to be taken in mega-doses far higher than those currently used, with unknown side-effects.
Duck decoys lure real ducks within range of hunters. Nanoparticles that look like cells serve as both decoys and hunters to ensnare virus particles.
Nanoparticles dressed up in cell membranes snag SARS-CoV-2 virus particles before they reach human cells.
Are we really all in this together? ‘Vaccine nationalism’ must be addressed to ensure equitable distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Word that the U.S. has bought up the entire supply of the COVID-19 drug remdesivir is another reminder that in a pandemic, treatments and vaccines need to be accessible to everyone, globally.
We are slowly figuring out which drugs and therapies are effective against the new coronavirus.
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During the last six months, news reports have mentioned dozens of drugs that may be effective against the new coronavirus. Here we lay out the evidence and reveal which ones are proven to work. Or not.
Scientists have discovered that a widely used, cheap steroid can fight off COVID-19 in the most severe cases. Here’s how it works.
Antibodies (pink) attacking a virus particle (blue).
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Antibodies that recognize and block SARS-CoV-2 infection have the potential to be powerful weapons. An infectious disease expert explains what antibodies are and how they could be used as a therapy.
A lot depends on China and India sharing the products of their pharmacuetical manufacturing with the rest of the world.
A nurse puts on personal protective equipment before entering a patient’s room in a COVID-19 intensive care unit.
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In Ontario, the task of deciding which treatments to use for COVID-19 patients falls to two committees that weigh the evidence and choose which drugs to use, and how to manage critical illness.
Drug repurposing represents our only hope for the treatment of COVID-19 in the short term. But quick and rigorous trials need to be run to provide evidence these drugs work.
Coronavirus drug trials are underway – a virologist explains what the treatment options may be.