While scientists all around the world are searching for a cure for Coronavirus, researchers from the University of Monash, Australia claim to have found one. But the answer is not what you will expect. It turns out that, Ivermectin, an antiparasitic drug used to treat head lice can put an end to the Coronavirus. It can be a possible treatment for the disease. Ivermectin is a USA FD approved antiparasitic drug, normally used to treat head lice. But it is also effective against viruses like dengue, HIV, and influenza in a controlled lab.
How Ivermectin, an antiparasitic effects Coronavirus?
The study performed by the researchers shows that Ivermectin kills the virus within 48 hours of applying. The experiment is of course performed in a controlled lab environment. The study shows how a single dose of the hair lice drug can stop the COVID-19 virus to grow on a cellular level.
A Monash university led study found that anti parasitic drug Ivermectin reduced Covid-19 viral RNA present in the cell culture by 93% after 24 hours and by 99.8% after 48 hours – around a 5,000-fold reduction in coronavirus RNA. #COVID19 #CoronaUpdate https://t.co/lgOsOdRNTk
— Mohsin Bin Mushtaq Shah (@zikrejaana) April 4, 2020
Dr. Kylie Wagstaff, professor at Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, says ” We have found that a single dose of Ivermectin is effective. It can easily remove all viral RNA by almost 48 hours genetically”.
How the drug works is still not correctly identifiable. But the study shows, the drug can likely stop the virus from multiplying further and hence kill it. But, clinical trials on live humans are still a long way off. In a time, when a global pandemic is spreading, there is still no approved treatment. Rationally it will be a moderately long time until a vaccine is widely available.
It will be at least a month before human trials start. There is also a burden of low research funding. As the world economy collapses, it will only go worse. Scientists all around the world are working round the clock to find a cure for the COVID-19 virus. Right now, there is still no vaccine or shot against Coronavirus.
Suryapratim Ray is an engineer, author, robotics hobbyist, and an active Quoran. Being a technical blogger, he covers the good, bad, and ugly of science on a regular basis at Sciencenews18. In addition to his passion for writing, he’s equally keen on learning classical music.