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Coronavirus cure: Anti-viral drug reduces fever and clears pneumonia symptoms

The Chinese scientists working from the University of Wuhan used a drug called hydroxychloroquine in patients with COVID-19. The key findings of the study were that through the use of hydroxychloroquine "the body temperature recovery time and the cough remission time were significantly shortened in the treatment group”. The study added: “Patients showing severe respiratory symptoms have revealed an improvement in pneumonia in the HCQ treatment group."

All of the patients in the trial exhibited severe symptoms and it "promoted the absorption of pneumonia".

The research concluded the use of hydroxychloroquine as a cure for Covid-19 was "partially confirmed".

The pre-print study read: "The potential of hydroxychloroquine in the treatment of COVID-19 has been partially confirmed.

"Considering that there is no better option at present, it is a promising practice to apply hydroxychloroquine to COVID-19 under reasonable management.

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Coronavirus infections in the UK have soared

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"However, Large-scale clinical and basic research is still needed to clarify its specific mechanism and to continuously optimize the treatment plan."

A link to the study can be found here.

Hydroxychloroquine was approved for medical use in the United States in 1955 and is on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines, the safest and most effective medicines needed in a health system.

In the US, the Department of Health and Human Services said on Sunday hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine products can “be distributed and prescribed by doctors to hospitalised teen and adult patients with COVID-19, as appropriate, when a clinical trial is not available or feasible”.

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Researchers in china have used a drug called hydroxychloroquine

Researchers in china have used a drug called hydroxychloroquine (Image: GETTY)

Coronavirus infections in the UK have soared

Coronavirus infections in the UK have soared (Image: GETTY)

Germany pharmaceutical company Sandoz has already given 30 million doses of hydroxychloroquine to the Strategic National Stockpile, the federal government’s inventory of medical supplies for public health emergencies, while Bayer has donated a million doses of chloroquine.

The agency is fast-tracking a process that usually takes years while the FDA conducts clinical trials in New York, a hot spot for the virus.

The emergency authorisation was issued because the potential benefits of the product outweigh the risks and acknowledged that “anecdotal reports suggest that these drugs may offer some benefit in the treatment of hospitalised COVID-19 patients,” but cautioned that “clinical trials are needed to provide scientific evidence that these treatments are effective.”

Hydroxychloroquine is manufactured in bulk and has been sold under the brand name Plaquenil in the United States.

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Researchers in china have used a drug called hydroxychloroquine

Researchers in china have used a drug called hydroxychloroquine (Image: GETTY)

Researchers in china have used a drug called hydroxychloroquine

Researchers in china have used a drug called hydroxychloroquine (Image: GETTY)

It is ordinarily a medication used to prevent and treat malaria in areas where malaria remains sensitive to chloroquine.

Other uses include treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and porphyria cutanea tarda.

Common side effects include vomiting, headache, changes in vision, and muscle weakness.

Severe side effects may include allergic reactions.

Hydroxychloroquine was approved for medical use in the United States in 1955 and is on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines, the safest and most effective medicines needed in a health system.

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