COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, has spread to every continent except Antarctica.
Not too long after the virus was first discovered at the end of December, labs turned their sights toward treatment.
After several research, one popular disinfectant responded to the treatment of the deadly virus and has been recommended by Michigan Tech virologist working on the virus.
However, there is no cure for this coronavirus, and treatments are based on the kind of care given for influenza (seasonal flu) and other severe respiratory illnesses, known as “supportive care,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These treatments essentially treat the symptoms, which often in the case of COVID-19 involve fever, cough and shortness of breath. In mild cases, this might simply mean rest and fever-reducing medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) for comfort.
In hospitals, doctors and nurses are sometimes treating COVID-19 patients with the antiviral drug oseltamivir, or Tamiflu, which seems to suppress the virus’ reproduction in at least some cases.
This is somewhat surprising, Michigan Tech virologist Ebenezer Tumban told Live Science, as Tamiflu was designed to target an enzyme on the influenza virus, not on coronaviruses.