An anti-parasitic drug available worldwide has been found to kill Covid-19 in the laboratory within 48 hours.
A study led by Monash University has shown a single dose of ivermectin can stop the growth of SARS-CoV-2 virus in cell culture.
While it is not known how ivermectin works in the virus, the drug is likely to stop the virus. The next step is for scientists to determine the exact dose that humans should take to make sure the level used is safe for humans.
Before ivermectin can be used to fight coronavirus, funding is needed to achieve it in pre-clinical trials and clinical trials.
Ivermectin is an anti-parasitic drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration that is also shown to be effective against viruses including HIV, dengue and influenza.
The study is a joint work of the Monom Biomedicine Discovery Institute and the Peter Doherty Institute of Infection and Immunity.