Thailand – Thailand’s health ministry announced on Sunday, Feb. 2, that a 71-year-old Chinese woman initially positive for 2019-nCoV tested negative for the said virus 48 hours after she was treated with a cocktail of drugs used to treat flu and HIV. In the press briefing, doctor Kriengsak Attipornwanich said that the woman’s condition greatly improved after being treated with the drug cocktail. “From being exhausted before, she could sit up in bed 12 hours later,” he said.
The drug cocktail is a combination of anti-flu drug oseltamivir with lopinavir and ritonavir and anti-virals used to treat HIV. The health ministry is still waiting for lab results to prove its initial findings.
Across the globe, scientists scramble to come up with a vaccine for 2019-nCoV as experts say it’s likely to become a pandemic. “It’s very, very transmissible, and it almost certainly is going to be a pandemic,” said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.