Drug used to treat cats becomes new hope in fight against Covid-19
Scientists in North America believe they are on the brink of a new treatment for human Coronavirus. Drugs known to treat the feline variant of the diseases may be the answer.
Published on the 01/09/2020, 18:00
Despite the warnings of our governments to ensure we take mitigating action to stop the spread of Covid-19, many people are still getting sick, and some continue to die. The race to find a vaccine against the disease has been ongoing since the outbreak in March, but there are still no viable frontrunners, until now.
Researchers at the University of Alberta, Canada recently outlined the results of tests and revealed that two drugs used mostly to treat feline coronavirus may hold the answer to a form of treatment of the human variant.
Feline drugs may be the answer
The drugs referred to as GC376 and GC373 were purposed to treat cats with feline infectious peritonitis; a potentially fatal illness caused by feline enteric coronavirus (FCoV). According to Joanne Lemieux - professor of biochemistry at the university – FcoV is similar in its manner to the virus that causes human Covid-19.
In a university press release, Professor Lemieux wrote, “It is not surprising that a feline drug could be used to treat COVID-19, especially since this drug targets the main protease of the virus, which is highly conserved.”
The discovery could see a drug formulated to treat those with Covid-19. In the meantime, remember to abide by government instruction in the fight against the disease.
Frequently asked questions
Can cats catch Covid-19?
It is rare for animals to become infected with the human Coronavirus. However, most can contract a different form of Coronavirus.
Read our list of cat and kitten diseases.
What are the symptoms of feline Coronavirus?
Feline Coronavirus is generally asymptomatic, meaning you would not know if your cat is infected.
Not sure whether your cat is poorly? Read on to discover the symptoms of feline coronavirus.
Can I protect my cat from Coronavirus?
If you are infected with Covid-19 you should avoid touching your pets or anyone else’s pet. Take the same precautions as you would to prevent human cross-infection.
Read about how to strengthen your cat’s immune system.