Sunday, 5 April 2020

Australians are rushing to buy this new magical drug for coronavirus!

Warning against DIY treatments after head lice drug ‘stops coronavirus growing’

Health authorities in Australia have warned the public against trying to treat coronavirus at home, saying that drugs which show promise in the treatment of the virus could be fatal.

The warning comes after a study found that the drug Ivermectin, which is usually used to treat head lice, stops coronavirus growing in cell culture. Despite this, Victoria health minister Jenny Mikakos said she didn’t want to see people ‘rushing out to pharmacies or their supermarkets buying lice treatments’.

She said: ‘I just want to stress that because we’ve heard about people overseas who have heard about potential developments and then have ingested drugs that have been used in a completely inappropriate way and have died as a result.’

In the US, a man died and his wife was hospitalised when they drank a fish-tank cleaning chemical containing chloroquine after it emerged that had also shown promise as a treatment for coronavirus.

Kylie Wagstaff, who led researchers at the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute and the Doherty Institute in the study of head lice treatment, said the team was ‘cautiously optimistic’ about the drug’s potential, according to ABC.

She said: ‘What we need to figure out now is whether those safe dosages that we know work in people are also effective on the virus.’

In Australia, coronavirus has so far killed 35 people with 5,687 recorded cases.

The death toll in the UK now stands at 4,313 after a record rise of 708 on Saturday. Seven health workers have died from the virus so far.

Earlier today, Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned that if Britons flout social distancing rules to take advantage of the good weather this weekend ‘all exercise’ outside could be banned.

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