Medical practitioners from Thailand have recorded success in treating severe cases of the new coronavirus with the combination of anti-flu medications Oseltamivir and HIV medicines Lopinavir and Ritonavir.
The doctors from Rajavithi Hospital in Bangkok said the combination of the drugs for treatment of Coronavirus, had improved the condition of several patients under their watch including a 70-year-old Chinese woman from Wuhan who tested positive of the virus for 10 days.
Dr. Kriangska Atipornwanich, a lung specialist at Rajavithi, who spoke to reporters said
After applying the combination of medicines to a patient’s who tested Positive of the virus for 10days, within 48hours, the result tested Negative.
He further said, “More study will be carried out to ensure that this can be a standard treatment.”
Chinese health officials have started the fight against Coronavirus with the administering of the flu drugs. The use of the three together in a cocktail seemed to improve the treatment, the Thai doctors said.
Another doctor said that a similar approach in two other patients resulted in one displaying some allergic reaction but the other showed improvement.
“We have been following international practices, but the doctor increased the dosage of one of the drugs,” said Somsak Akkslim, director-general of the Medical Services Department, referring to the flu medicine Oseltamivir.
Thailand has 19 comfimed cases of coronavirus. Of which eight have recovered and gone home while 11 are still under treatment in hospitals.