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Coronavirus: How researchers are looking for drugs against Covid

2021-01-27T12:02:05.904Z

Vaccinations should finally contain the corona pandemic. Effective drugs could ease the situation further - that's why researchers are looking for corona drugs at full speed.



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Investigations of molecules at the Desy: A robotic arm helped to quickly change samples

Photo: Marta Mayer / DESY

Hydroxychloroquine, remdesivir and dexamethasone - since the coronavirus spread across the world, experts have tested a wide range of drugs against the Covid-19 disease.

So far, the success has been rather manageable.

Some drugs turned out to be completely ineffective, such as hydroxychloroquine.

With dexamethasone, timing the treatment is what matters.

And with Remdesivir, there is still no clear evidence of any benefit.

In short: there is no really effective drug a good year after the Sars-CoV-2 was first detected.

No drug that reliably helps against Covid-19, which prevents months of fatigue even after mild courses or long-term damage to the lungs.

Such a means would be a crucial building block in order to reduce the effects of the pandemic, to relieve intensive care units and to reduce the damage to society.

Such an active ingredient would be all the more important because the vaccination campaigns will drag on for many months.

Anyone who cannot or does not want to be vaccinated would benefit from a drug in the event of an infection.

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