Thai doctors have seen triumph in treating severe instances of the new coronavirus with a combination of medications for flu and HIV, with initial outcomes showing huge improvement 48 hours after applying the treatment, they stated on Sunday.
The doctors from Rajavithi Hospital in Bangkok said a new strategy in coronavirus treatment had improved the condition of several patients under their care, including one 70-year-old Chinese woman from Wuhan who screened positive for the coronavirus for ten days.
The drug treatment features a mixture of anti-HIV drugs lopinavir and ritonavir, in combination with flu drug oseltamivir in large doses.
Chinese well-being delegates have already been administering HIV and flu medication to fight the coronavirus. The use of the three together in a cocktail appeared to improve the treatment.
Another doctor stated that an identical approach in two different sufferers resulted in one displaying some allergic reaction; however, the other showed improvement.
“We have been following international practices; however, the doctor elevated the dosage of one of the drugs,” stated Somsak Akkslim, director-general of the Medical Services Department, referring to the flu medicine Oseltamivir.
Thailand has registered 19 cases of coronavirus. Of the Thai patients, eight have recovered and gone home while 11 are nonetheless under treatment in hospitals.
Somsak said the health ministry would meet Monday to discuss the successful remedy in the case of the 70-year-old; however, stated it’s still very early to say that this strategy could be applied to all situations.