According to data provided by the Worldometers portal and updated to date, the number of people infected with Covid-19 has exceeded 417,600 worldwide, while the number of deaths exceeds 18,600, having its largest epicentre in Italy.
Despite the gloom of the outlook, a group of French researchers successfully announced the result of the first clinical tests of a possible cure against the coronavirus, giving hope to those who need it most.
The existence of a possible cure
Specialists at the Méditerranée Infection university hospital in Marseille, France, conducted tests that the coronavirus could be eradicated with the combination of two existing drugs: hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin.
To check their efficacy, the drugs were administered jointly and separately to a group of 36 people with Covid-19. It should be noted that not all of these people showed symptoms, but they did carry the virus.
Evidence to be done
For the tests, 16 of the 36 people were in a control group that was not given the medications mentioned above. The remaining 20 subjects received 200 milligrams of hydroxychloroquine three times a day. Six of them also took 200 mg of azithromycin in the first two days and 250 mg the following four days.
All six patients who received the drug mixture tested negative for Covid-19 on the fifth day of their treatment. Those who only took hydroxychloroquine showed a 50% recovery compared to 18.8% in the group that was only under control.
The test results have already been published in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents and are rated as promising; however, specialists admit that more tests are still to be done to reach a cure capable of eradicating the virus at first contact; if so, this would save thousands of lives worldwide.