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Is there a coronavirus treatment?

Want to know if there is a coronavirus treatment? We’ve looked at the facts. 

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Is there a coronavirus treatment?

 

At this moment there is no known coronavirus treatment or coronavirus vaccine. There are several countries who have already released a vaccine to the public, however it has not been confirmed by the WHO if they are effective or not. One of those countries is Russia who have released a COVID-19 vaccine in early September 2020. 

To date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the novel coronavirus. However, those infected with 2019-nCoV should receive appropriate care to relieve and treat symptoms, and those with severe illness should receive optimized supportive care. Some specific treatments are under investigation and will be tested through clinical trials.  WHO is helping to coordinate efforts to develop medicines to treat nCoV with a range of partners.

If you want to protect yourself from getting infected with the new coronavirus, you should maintain basic hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices and avoiding close contact, when possible, with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.The following measures ARE NOT specifically recommended as 2019-nCoV remedies as they are not effective to protect yourself and can be even harmful:

  • Taking vitamin C
  • Smoking
  • Drinking tradition herbal teas
  • Wearing multiple masks to maximize protection
  • Taking self-medication such as antibiotics  

In any case, if you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early to reduce the risk of developing a more severe infection and be sure to share your recent travel history with your health care provider.

Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating the 2019-nCoV?

No, antibiotics do not work against viruses, they only work on bacterial infections. The novel coronavirus is a virus and, therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment.

What else can I do to protect myself from the coronavirus?

We’ve prepared a detailed guide on all basics on how to protect yourself from the coronavirus here:

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