Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Study: Nitric oxide can be a possible cure for Covid-19 patients

Study: Nitric oxide can be a possible cure for Covid-19 patients

Although, there have been no indication that nitric oxide necessarily improves the chances of survival in people suffering with acute respiratory disease, scientists working on the same did find that nitric oxide impeded the replication of SARS-CoV in 2003, which is why both the deadly viruses have much in common.

Researchers at Uppsala University have found that an effective way of treating SARS-CoV-2 is by understanding the role of nitric oxide in treating the former coronavirus behind the 2003 SARS epidemic.

According to Åke Lundkvist, a professor at Uppsala University, who led the study, says, “To our knowledge, nitric oxide is the only substance shown so far to have a direct effect on SARS-CoV-2”.

Since there is still no effective cure for Covid-19, the main emphasis in the treatments tested has been on relieving symptoms and therefore, while nitric oxide has a history of relieving patients of respiratory issues, it is currently the best bid.

Åke Lundkvist states, “Until we get a vaccine that works, our hope is that inhalation of nitric oxide might be an effective form of treatment”. He adds by saying, “The dosage and timing of starting treatment probably play an important part in the outcome, and now need to be explored as soon as possible.”

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