An anti-parasitic medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can be used against the Wuhan coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), reports a new study. Australian researchers discovered that ivermectin, a semi-synthetic drug commonly used to treat head lice, scabies, ascariasis and other parasitic infections, can effectively kill SARS-CoV-2 within 48 hours in culture.
“We found that even a single dose could essentially remove all viral RNA by 48 hours and that even at 24 hours, there was a significant reduction in it,” said Dr. Kylie Wagstaff, a senior research fellow at Monash University in Australia and the senior author of the study.
As one of the widely available and cost-effective medications included in the World Health Organization‘s (WHO) model list of essential medicines, the researchers believe that ivermectin warrants further investigation for its beneficial activities against the virus responsible for COVID-19….
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