The World Health Organization announced on Sunday that it has begun conducting medical experiments and tests on four different drugs that could be used to treat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The WHO confirmed through a post on Twitter on Sunday that it has already conducted some experiments on four different drugs to ensure their effectiveness in eliminating the virus. An independent party conducted a previous study in France on 36 patients with coronavirus who used hydroxychloroquine, and after six days initial results indicated that the drug may be able to treat patients suffering from the respiratory illness. A number of posts then surfaced online claiming that anti-malarial drugs or medications used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, which contain chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine, were successful in treating coronavirus, prompting scores of Egyptians to purchase the medications from pharmacies before confirming their efficacy or even their side effects. Globally, there have been over 700,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and upwards of 37,000 deaths.
Source: Egypt Independent March 31, 2020 10:18 UTC