A number of new drugs are being considered to combat the growing threat of the Coronavirus. The virus originated at a wet market in Wuhan, China where raw meats are sold in open markets where products are often laid out on a blanket right on the street within inches of other food products. These unsanitary conditions are probably what helped the Coronavirus spread to people. It is believed the virus originated in bats and was transmitted to people when a person ate a bat soup purchased at a wet market in the city of Wuhan. Currently, there is no drug available to treat the Coronavirus, or covid-19 as it is also referred to. However, there are a handful of drugs being considered as possible treatments that already exist.
Chloroquine as COVID-19 treatment
One of these drugs is called Chloroquine which is a malaria medication that has been around for decades. The problem is there are side effects that can be severe that are associated with this drug and it cannot just be used to treat a new virus without testing.
The reality is that it is possible the side effects of using chloroquine in Australia to treat coronavirus could be worse than not using it at all. That is why clinical trials are being scheduled in order to test the drug on living patients which is fairly unprecedented in Western medicine. The FDA and the Trump Administration are working to allow clinical trials so that a treatment can be delivered to people suffering from the deadly virus as soon as possible. As of right now, people are being treated with IV fluids and those who are suffering severe respiratory failure are put on ventilators. A ventilator is capable of helping the lungs breathe by pressurizing the air and delivering oxygen to the lungs.For the people who experience less severe symptoms, doctors are telling them to quarantine themselves, drink lots of water, and get lots of rest. There really isn’t a lot that can be done to combat the Coronavirus at the moment.
Lack of medical care
One thing that people can do is try to follow the guidelines laid out by their leaders. Helping to slow the spread of the virus will mean fewer fatalities as a result of lack of Medical Care. Countries such as Italy and Spain are experiencing more deaths than otherwise would have occurred if enough hospital beds and ventilators were available. So keep washing your hands for 20 seconds in warm soapy water and continue practicing social distancing in order to do your parts to slow the spread. It is also important not to have contact with people who are in a higher risk category such as the elderly or those with respiratory problems. Practice sanitary Health measures and continue to monitor the news from your local officials to stay informed.