Discovery in Australia A group of Australian scientists announced on Saturday after a laboratory test that a drug used against parasites could stop the reproduction of COVID-19 within 48 hours. Scientists at Monash University, who led the study in collaboration with the Infectious Diseases Laboratory in Melbourne, tested the drug Ivermektin.
Dr. Kylie Uegstaf stated that it has been used for at least 30 years to treat parasites such as lice, worms and scabies. “We found that a single dose of the drug could prevent the virus from reproducing within 48 hours. We found a contraction of the virus in 24 hours, but after 48 hours he had finally stopped replicating, “said Dr. Kylie Wagstaff.
However, tests on humans have not yet been performed and Australian authorities have warned citizens against self-medication. However, Professor David Andrew Jens said he felt a moderate optimism that Ivermectin could make a difference in treating voronavirus. “If we’re going to use Ivermectin in humans, we’re going to have to monitor them very, very carefully, and if we’re sure it’s working, then we know for sure that we have something that can make a difference,” he said.
Cases confirmed with COVID-19 in Australia are estimated at 5,548 people, with 198 cases added in the last 24 hours. While the number of dead is 30, according to the Ministry of Health.