A combination of three drugs suppressed the virus that causes Covid19 within seven days when used on patients in Hong Kong, nearly twice as fast as the drugs were used singly, according to a study led by HKU infectious disease expert Prof Yuen Kwok-yung.
The study, published in The Lancet on 8th May, found that three antiviral drugs, interferon beta-1b, lopinavir-ritonavir and ribavirin were “safe and more effective” in reducing the time when the coronavirus is detectable and potentially transmissible, for patients with mild to moderate symptoms.
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Professor Yuen said in a statement. “Our trial demonstrates that early treatment of mild to moderate Covid-19 with a triple combination of antiviral drugs may rapidly suppress the amount of virus in a patient’s body, relieve symptoms, and reduce the risk to health care workers by reducing the duration and quantity of viral shedding” or the period during which the virus is detectable and transmissible-