Coronavirus Breakthrough As Scientists Discover Common Anti-Parasitic Drug Can Kill COVID-19 Lab Cells In 2 Days

Is the curve of the new curse called the coronavirus ever going to flatten? Even as people around the world are perplexed at how the virus avoids some nations, it is raging across Europe and the US. 1,193,907 and still counting, 64,388 deaths, will it ever start receding? In the US alone, 26,963 cases new cases have been reported according to the Worldometer taking the toll of confirmed cases in the US to 306, 854. In fact, more people have now died in the UK than China from where the coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2 originated.

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1Research from Monash University has made a huge breakthrough

As scientists around the world are busy working on war footing trying to discover an effective cure or management medication to avoid fatalities, some hopeful news comes from researchers from Monash University have found out that COVID 19 cells can be killed by Ivermectin, a drug that is used to treat head lice. Imagine that?

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2Research suggests an anti-parasitic that kills lice can kill COVID-19

Being hailed as a remarkable breakthrough, scientists have found that he head lice medication Ivermectin which is an anti-parasite drug, killed COVID 19 cells within two days but it may take a month to move towards human trials. What’s good to know is that Ivermectin is freely available. The drug also works effectively against HIV, Zika, and influenza virus.

Ivermectin, the anti-parasitic head lice drug killed COVID-19 in a lab within 48 hours. The discovery was made during a study at Monash University where it took just one dose of Ivermectin stopped the growth of SARS-CoV-2 in cell culture.

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3What the experts have to say

According to a report in the Daily Mail, Doctor Kylie Wagstaff of the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute said ‘We found that even a single dose could essentially remove all viral RNA (effectively removed all genetic material of the virus) by 48 hours and that even at 24 hours there was a really significant reduction in it,’

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“While it’s not known how Ivermectin works on the virus, the drug likely stops the virus dampening the host cells’ ability to clear it.”

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