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Wanted: A treatment for coronavirus

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LOCAL residents interviewed by this writer wonder if there are medicinal plants on island that can help treat Covid-19 patients.

Writing for the South China Morning Post in February, Stephen Chen said some Chinese patients who had fully recovered from the infection received a treatment that combined modern medicine and herbal remedies. He said there was “a growing consensus among Chinese medical experts that herbal medicine could and should play an important role in the fight against the coronavirus.”

Christy Sakaziro 

But whether herbs “could kill the virus remains a topic of heated debate in the scientific community,” he added. “The virus is difficult to kill because it does not live as an independent organism, like bacteria. Once in the body, it injects alien code into its genes and can duplicate rapidly, causing havoc.”

Praveen Duddu of Critical Trials Arena wrote that in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration approved limited emergency use for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for Covid-19. “The President of the United States, Donald Trump, had announced…that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine/Plaquenil, used to treat malaria and arthritis, were approved by the FDA to be tested as a treatment for Covid-19. Chloroquine is being tested in various clinical trials conducted by government agencies and academic institutions. Other antivirals drugs are also planned to be fast-tracked for testing for coronavirus.”

In China, Duddu wrote, its National Medical Products Administration has approved the use of Favilavir, an anti-viral drug, as a treatment for coronavirus. “The drug has reportedly shown efficacy in treating the disease with minimal side effects in a clinical trial involving 70 patients. The clinical trial is being conducted in Shenzhen, Guangdong province.”

For more information about Micronesia’s herbal medicines, go to http://www.comfsm.fm/~dleeling/ethnobotany/text/ethnobotany.html

As for Covid-19 updates, visit https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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