Ebola drugs can also work against coronavirus, A group of researchers at the University of Alberta found why Remedivir was effective in treating coronavirus.
People who cause Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) hope it is also effective in treating patients infected with a new type of COVID-19.
We know that the drug works against various coronaviruses such as MERS and SARS, and we know that the new coronavirus is very similar to SARS, researchers say. Ebola drugs can also work against coronavirus.
And they said: So I would be very optimistic that the results achieved by our team with Remdesivir and MERS would be similar to COVID-19.
So far, there is no explanation for why remesivir can work against coronavirus, researchers say.
As reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, patients receive the drug on the seventh day of the disease and show a significant improvement the following day, with symptoms eventually disappearing completely.
At a press conference in Beijing, Deputy Director General of the World Health Organization, Bruce Allward, said remdesivir was the only available drug that could be effective against COVID-19. Ebola drugs can also work against coronavirus.
Our research shows that Remesivir basically mimics one of the natural building blocks for RNA synthesis needed for replication of the viral genome.
Enzymes in viruses synthesize the viral RNA genome with these building blocks, but mix the necessary parts with drugs. Researchers explain: after the drug joins the growing strand of RNA, the virus can no longer replicate.
Researchers say the next step is to wait for the results of ongoing clinical studies with Remesivir, which are expected by the end of April. Even so, that would not be the end of the story, he warned. Ebola drugs can also work against coronavirus.
We may need more than one drug to treat diseases that emerge correctly such as COVID-19, as we do with the HIV virus and hepatitis C, researchers say. Ideally, we have several drugs because certain types can be resistant to certain medications.