Can Coronavirus Be Treated With HIV Medication?
With new cases popping up around the globe every day including in the United States, the coronavirus is proving to be a deadly pandemic. Currently, there is no treatment for the coronavirus and no vaccine has been developed. Biotech companies in China Bend working overtime to repurpose drugs previously used for other viruses in order to get a handle on the coronavirus outbreak. The Chinese government is currently testing two HIV protease inhibitors as a possible treatment for Coronavirus. The coronavirus has since been renamed COVID-19 and the Chinese government is rushing HIV medication into clinical trials in an effort to combat the Raging plague.
HIV protease inhibitors
It is not clear yet exactly how HIV medication may play into COVID-19 or whether it will be a successful treatment. The two HIV protease inhibitors currently being tested are ritonavir and ASC09, or lopinavir. These two protease inhibitors have been developed in the past in order to treat HIV.Currently, the Chinese government has hope that it may be able to manufacture a treatment floor COVID-19 out of the two protease inhibitors. Vincent Munster of the US National Institute of Health said, “The general genomic layout and the general replication kinetics and the biology of the MERS, SARS and [SARS-CoV-2] viruses are very similar, so testing drugs which target relatively generic parts of these coronaviruses is a logical step.”
China set up guidelines in January of 2020 in order to provide a guide to treat hospitalized patients of COVID-19. Doctors in China have been following these guidelines since the start of the new year and the breakout of the epidemic. Recently the World Health Organization also said the combination of the two protease inhibitors ritonavir and lopinavir may prove to be an effective treatment. This is good news considering there has not been a vaccination or life-saving medication developed yet for treating COVID-19. The first case of the virus appeared in the United States in recent weeks and on February 29th the first death in the United States occurred from COVID-19. The news has caused some areas to become panicked and grocery store shelves are being raided by worried customers.
WHO and CDC
Organizations across the globe including the World Health Organization and the CDC warned people not to panic but to begin taking precau sad not to buy bulk of medical supplies that government workers need. They recommended having food and water on hand but not panicking and not buying medical supplies that government workers need who are working on the front lines of the illness. There have been over 2,000 deaths so far from the virus and Counting. People in virtually every country have become ill with COVID-19. There is a serious need for medication in order to stop the spread of the illness. Currently, there is a 2% fatality rate among those who contract the virus.
What economists say
Economists have begun predicting that business will slow and some Industries may even grind to a halt. Major events including International conferences and even the Olympics have been canceled due to the outbreak. Part of the reason for the cancellations is because of infrastructure issues affected by the virus but also in order to help reduce it spread. At international events such as the Olympics it is easy for a virus to spread Among the spectators and for them to then carry it back to their home country. Lopinavir and ritonavir are the two most promising medications so far when it comes to treating CORVID-19. Despite being designed for a completely different illness, the combination of the two protease inhibitors it’s looking like it may be able to combat the virus.
Wuhan remains quarantined
Cities within China such as Wuhan have been completely quarantined and even in the United States a self-imposed quarantine is in effect. Politicians have requested that people stay home and wash their hands frequently and only leave the home it’s absolutely necessary. Avoiding contacts with others is a priority and wearing protective gear such as masks and gloves is advised. More should be known in the coming weeks about whether lopinavir and ritonavir will be an effective cure. In the meantime you should take all caution possible in order to avoid contracting the illness and spreading it yourself.
Is Coronavirus A Threat To Australia
As Covid-19 (coronavirus) spreads globally, Australia is temporarily denying entry to non-citizens who recently traveled to China. Readers should note that research is ongoing and scientists are still learning about recently discovered virus. The coronavirus can infect both animals and people, and leads to a range of symptoms, including those like the common cold and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS. Notably, some individuals have tested positive for the coronavirus without showing any symptoms. Symptomatic and asymptomatic persons are capable of infecting others. Thus far, researchers believe it is moderately infectious, similar to SARS. Newer evidence suggests that it can be spread through the air. Current estimates suggest that infected persons could spread Covid-19 to upwards of 1.5 and 3.5 people without effective containment measures. Frequent hand-washing is the most important thing individuals can do to reduce contamination, as well as staying at home while sick.
Originating in Wuhan, China, the coronavirus has sickened tens of thousands of people more than two dozen other countries, including Australia. Covid-19 is a serious public health concern, but average risks to individuals remain very low. In fact, the seasonal flu is a more immediate threat. The World Health Organization (WHO) has acknowledged that China’s aggressive response to the virus by closing transportation, schools and markets slowed global spread. So far, other countries are choosing less draconian measures. Yet, like Australia, some nations are imposing travel restrictions to reduce threats posed by the coronavirus. So far the list includes the United States, Japan, Israel, Pakistan, Turkey, Armenia, Iraq, and Austria. Unfortunately, their decisions may be too late.
As of February 23, the largest outbreak outside of China is in South Korea, where the government reported more than 630 cases. South Korea is struggling to contain the spread in their country because a prominent and secretive religious sect is at the center of their contaminations. In Europe, Italy is reporting more than 150 infected persons. The country is taking aggressive action to reduce the spread Covid-19 by imposing strict limitations on citizens in 10 towns as well as canceling Carnival celebrations and sporting events until at least March 1st. Iran is reluctantly reporting the globe’s fourth largest outbreak. State-run media has reported 43 infected with 8 deaths, but researchers outside the country believe the numbers there to be much higher.
Covid-19 appears to kill about one out of every 50 people infected, therefore with eight dead researchers suggest there should be at least 400 cases there.
Iran, North, and South America
Further complicating containment in Iran is that country leaders are still searching for the original carrier into their country. The United States is reporting the largest outbreak in North or South America with at least 35 infected. There, officials acted against the wishes of the president and the Center for Disease Control, to return more than a dozen infected persons from the Diamond Princess cruise ship. The Diamond Princess carried the largest concentration of coronavirus cases outside China: 632. The ship earned its own category in the data compiled by the WHO.
What research shows
Researchers are tracking clusters of the coronavirus in Iran, South Korea, and Singapore that can not be traced back to Wuhan. The untraceable clusters prompted a team of experts from the WHO to travel to ground zero to last week. The team hoped to learn more about Covid-19 in the hopes of preventing a large scale spread of Covid-19 to Africa. The economic links between China and countries across Africa over the past 20 years have grown exponentially. As the Asian country prospered, it became Africa’s largest trading partner in aggregate. There are more than a million Chinese workers and entrepreneurs working across Africa. Therefore, thirteen countries were identified as priorities by the WHO because of direct links or high travel volumes between China. As of yet, Africa and South America are largely untouched by the virus.
The coronavirus is not yet considered a pandemic by the WHO. Unfortunately, it is impacting Asian share markets and Wall Street where investors fled to safe havens, such as gold. Shares and oil prices tumbled while gold soared to a seven-year high. The global disease is expected to impact transport and hospitality industries hardest as tourism demands shrink. International companies such as Apple, Ford, Toyota, Volkswagen, Under Armour, Ralph Lauren, and Jaguar Land Rover have made public statements about possible fallout from supply shortages or weakened global demand. In France, representatives from G20 countries called for international cooperation to tamp out global fears of economic impacts and control further global contamination.