Thailand has reportedly seen promising results after treating a coronavirus patient with a mix of two antiviral drugs which are usually used to treat HIV.
Medics tested the drug mix on a patient who was in a ‘serious condition’ with the disease and within 48 hours they were declared disease-free. The drugs, originally used for HIV and influenza treatment, were a success according to a medical briefing given by Dr. Kriangsak Attipornwanich.
The news of the drugs’ success comes as the first coronavirus patient outside of China died in the Philippines. The 44-year-old man was admitted to San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on January 25 after arriving in the city from China. At the time, he was suffering from a fever, cough and a sore throat.
But his condition deteriorated rapidly and he developed severe pneumonia. ‘The patient was stable and showed signs of improvement, however, his condition deteriorated within his last 24 hours resulting in his demise,’ the health department said. More to follow.