Ivermectin is an anti-parasitic medicine that kills the virus cells in the body. It has the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and it also was useful for HIV, dengue, influenza, and Zika. Monash University, in alliance with the Peter Doherty Institute of Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute), is conducting a study. In this study, they are analyzing whether a single dose of the ivermectin can kill coronavirus or not. They found out that the drug could stop SARS-CoV-2 growing in cell culture within two days. It removes all the viral RNA by 48 hours, even in 24 hours the harmful cells are reduced greatly.
This drug’s exact mechanism is still unexplored but because the activity of the Ivermectin on other viruses suggests that it may prevent SARS-CoV-2 from weakening the ability of the host cells to clear it. Many tests and clinical trials are yet to take in humans to verify the safety of the drug and to confirm whether Ivermectin can kill coronavirus or not.
Scientist Dr. Kylie Wagstaff of Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute said,” In times when we’re having a global pandemic and there isn’t an approved treatment if we had a compound that was already available around the world then that might help people sooner. Realistically it’s going to be a while before a vaccine is broadly available.”