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Drug used to treat cats becomes new hope in fight against Covid-19

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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.

By Nick Whittle

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.

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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.

 

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