Amid Coronavirus fears, hope for cure emerges in two existing drugs

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Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV. The spherical viral particles, colorized blue, contain cross-sections through the viral genome, seen as black dots. (Image by Hannah A Bullock; Azaibi Tamin)

When a new virus makes its rounds, morphing into a pandemic, it’s hard to have hope. Even those of us who don’t scare easily can be fearful over the wellbeing of our children and loved ones. This morning, quite by accident, I heard confirmation of claims I saw on the page of a Facebook friend yesterday.

Indie musicians and other artists, take heart. You  may get back to work sooner than you thought.

Gregory Rigano on Twitter
Photo from Twitter @RiganoESQ

Two existing drugs may be extremely effective against the Coronavirus known as COVID-19 among other names. I had planned to look into the post made by my friend, and I bumped into more info quite by accident early today.

My husband asked me to check out the Fox Business channel from time to time to stay on top of what the stock market is doing. If you have a 401-k, that’s in your self-interest. I don’t watch much TV, but I can say I was pleasantly surprised at the straight up business info, as opposed to the back and forth on social media between Dems and Republicans right now alternating between “Orange Man bad” and “Obama and Swine Flu”.

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The first thing I saw on Varney was Gregory Rigano who cited a new academic study pointing to Hydroxychloroquine as an effective treatment for the Coronavirus. Rigano also said Azithromycin was given. I checked out Rigano’s Twitter page, and the Stanford University School of Medicine advisor said:

“Replying to @elonmusk and @DiderRaoult

UPDATE: Full peer reviewed study has been released by Didier Raoult MD, PhD…. After 6 days 100% of patients treated with HCQ + Azithromycin were virologically cured p-value <.0001

This would be fantastic news if time proves it accurate. You can watch the segment for now on the Varney and Company page.

Hydroxychloroquine has been around for years to treat Malaria.

Azithromycin is a familiar drug for bacterial infections.

Rigano assisted with the study. His Twitter line is interesting; you can follow him @RiganoESQ.

As Americans adjust to circumstances many of us have never experienced, Rigano’s comments indicate a ray of hope in combating this new virus that as virtually the entire planet knows, originated in China but eagerly seeks a host in anyone, regardless of complexion or ethnicity.

Hopefully measures taken by governments at the local, state, and federal levels will prevent deaths on the level that occurred with the 2009 Swine flu pandemic that hit young people harder. Reuters reported on H1N1 deaths announced by the CDC in 2010:

“H1N1 swine flu has killed as many as 17,000 Americans, including 1,800 children, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported…”

The Coronavirus has shut down live music and other arts events across the nation, hitting the creative community hard. Hopefully, these medications will help life return to somewhat normal sooner than later.

(Kay B. Day/March 19, 2020)

CD by Nancy Wilson Buckler
CD by Nancy Wilson Buckler

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