Scientists in Hong Kong announced Monday that an affordable antimicrobial drug used to treat stomach ulcers and bacterial infections has shown promising results in combating the Coronavirus in animals.
The researchers worked to explore whether mineral drugs, compounds that contain minerals, and are commonly used to fight bacteria, may also have antiviral properties that can fight the SARS-Covid-2 virus.
Using mice in the laboratory, the researchers found that one of the drugs, ranitidine bismuth citrate, was a “powerful anti-SARS-Cove-2 agent”.
The researcher at the University of Hong Kong Ranming Wang told reporters Monday during the team’s presentation of the study that the drug ranitidine bismuth citrate “is able to reduce the viral load in the lung of an infected mouse by tenfold … Our findings show that this drug is a potent antiviral agent in the case of Covid.” 19 “.
The new Coronavirus has caused the death of more than a million people since its appearance in China last December, before spreading around the world.
As scientists struggle to find an effective vaccine, they are also looking for readily available drugs that may alleviate symptoms caused by Covid-19 disease or help the body fight infection.