Japanese flu drug shows promise against coronavirus

It's too early to get excited about this, but there's encouraging news from China about a drug to combat the COVID-19 virus

March 19, 2020

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Apparently medical authorities in China have tried giving coronavirus patients a Japanese antiviral drug called favipiravir (sold under the brand name Avigan) and they've seen some success. The length of the recovery time went from an average of 11 days to around 4 days in the 340 test patients who got the drug.

I'm sure we're going to see a lot of stories about potential cures or treatments for COVID-19 in the days and weeks ahead. I'm not saying this is the miracle cure. But to me, it's a reminder that scientists are working nonstop on ways to prevent, fight, and cure this pandemic and it's ultimately something we'll adjust to and eventually get past. It gives me hope, and I know we could all use a little hope during these challenging times.

Meanwhile, let's keep washing our hands.


Here are a few stories about this promising development:

Japanese flu drug "clearly effective" in treating coronavirus, officials say

Japanese flu drug could be effective in combating coronavirus, report says 

Flu drug used in Japan shows promise in treating COVID-19