Saturday, 18 April 2020

Endgame Covid-19: The cure for coronavirus may not be that far

While several countries have extended the lockdowns, the World Health Organization (WHO) has given a six-point strategy on lifting the restrictions and speeding up testing. It has been over four months since the world was informed of the Sars-Cov2 virus. Even as India has crossed over 13,000 cases this week, it has also seen a record number of recoveries. Another positive development comes in the form of new treatment options for the pandemic that are showing some promise. ET reports on the updates in tackling Covid-19 in India and beyond that shaped this week:
Convalescent Plasma Therapy Takes Off In India
The treatment involves blood transfusion from a patient who has recovered from Covid-19. Hospitals in New Delhi and Mumbai have used this therapy to treat severely ill patients, which has aided their recovery. Maharashtra has approached the ICMR to officially start clinical trials. If shown to be effective, the therapy can be a breather for severely ill patients until a vaccine hits the market.

Research By The Council For Scientific And Industrial Research (CSIR)
CSIR is researching on activated vaccine development such as RNA vaccines and recombinant DNA vaccines, said Lav Agrawal, joint secretary in the health ministry. CSIR is also working towards synthesising the drug Favipiravir that is currently under trial in Japan.

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