Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. An outbreak of a new strain, known as “novel coronavirus”, was identified in China in late December 2019.
According to the World Health Organization’s 3 February 2020 update on the outbreak, 17,391 cases of novel coronavirus have been confirmed, 17,238 of them in China. There have been 361 deaths in China, and one in the Philippines.
But has a coronavirus patient in China been “cured” with “HIV wonder drugs”?
‘Chinese authorities confirm news’
“Doctors in China are claiming to have cured a patient suffering from the Wuhan coronavirus using a HIV wonder drug,” the article says.
“Beijing municipal health commission confirmed the use of the HIV drugs to treat patients suffering from the Wuhan coronavirus.”
And doctors in Thailand are reported to have treated a patient with a combination of antiviral drugs and flu medication.
Certain HIV drugs used to treat pneumonia
We found no evidence that a patient infected with coronavirus was cured with HIV drugs.
And the World Health Organization has not reported the news on its website or in its most recent coronavirus update.
It was reported on 26 January, however, that China was in some cases using certain HIV drugs to treat pneumonia caused by novel coronavirus, while the global search for an actual cure continues. – Motunrayo Joel
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