Coronavirus Breakthrough as Scientists Discover a Drug Used to Treat Head Lice Can Kill COVID-19 Cells; Warning Issued About Potential Treatment

By Daily Mail. An anti-parasitic head lice drug available around the world has been found to kill COVID-19 in the lab within 48 hours.

A Monash University-led study has shown a single dose of the drug Ivermectin could stop the SARS-CoV-2 virus growing in cell culture.

‘We found that even a single dose could essentially remove all viral RNA (effectively removed all genetic material of the virus) by 48 hours and that even at 24 hours there was a really significant reduction in it,’ Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute’s Dr Kylie Wagstaff said on Friday.

While it’s not known how Ivermectin works on the virus, the drug likely stops the virus dampening the host cells’ ability to clear it. (Read more from “Coronavirus Breakthrough as Scientists Discover a Drug Used to Treat Head Lice Can Kill COVID-19 Cells” HERE)

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Warning Issued as Researchers Reveal Another Potential Treatment for Coronavirus

By ABC News. Health authorities are warning people against self-medicating with a drug which is traditionally used to treat head lice and scabies but is now showing promise as a coronavirus treatment, saying it could be fatal.

A collaborative study led by the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute and the Doherty Institute found the drug Ivermectin stops coronavirus growing in cell culture.

The next step is to determine whether it can effectively treat coronavirus in humans, and learn what a safe dosage would be.

Ivermectin has been used around the world for years as a treatment for a range of conditions including head lice and scabies, and it is available as a pill, lotion and shampoo.

While today praising the work of the researchers involved in the study, Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos urged people not to misuse the substance. (Read more from “Warning Issued as Researchers Reveal Another Potential Treatment for Coronavirus” HERE)

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