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Flu drug used in Japan shows promise in treating COVID-19

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Doctors find “clear evidence” it improves coronavirus symptoms.

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A drug used in Japan to treat influenza seems to be effective at treating the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, according to news reports.

The antiviral drug, called Favipiravir or Avigan, showed positive outcomes in clinical trials involving 340 individuals in Wuhan and Shenzhen, said Zhang Xinmin, of China’s science and technology ministry, The Guardian reported.

“It has a high degree of safety and is clearly effective in treatment,” Zhang said Tuesday (March 17), The Guardian reported.


28 Devastating Infectious Diseases for humans over the years.

Saturday, February 29th, 2020

Contagious diseases have shaped human history and they remain with us today. As the new coronavirus spreads across mainland China and elsewhere around the globe, such infectious diseases are top of mind for many of us. Here’s a look at some of the worst of these infections, from ebola and dengue to the more recent SARS, the new coronavirus and Zika virus.