“Hard” news regarding a COVID-19 treatment…Viagra

https://www.latimes.com/science/story/2020-04-05/viagra-discovery-could-treat-coronavirus-patients

Nitric oxide long a treatment for “blue babies” is studied for treatment in mild to moderate Coronavirus infections. Maybe keeping patients off ventilators.

“At hospitals in Boston, Alabama, Louisiana, Sweden and Austria, researchers have launched a clinical trial to test inhaled nitric oxide in patients with mild to moderate cases of COVID-19. The trial will test whether the gas can drive down the number of patients who end up needing breathing assistance from a mechanical ventilator, a piece of equipment that’s in critically short supply.”

That same chemical was instrumental in discovering Viagra.

This could be a game changer for quarantined couples.

One way or the other.

3 thoughts on ““Hard” news regarding a COVID-19 treatment…Viagra

  1. Hopefully some good news on two “health” fronts. Maybe a combination of the two, if they work. can make EVERYONE healthy and happy again.

    I’m a little perplexed, however, that they’re running clinical trials?

    I thought Trump just had to hear from “his gut” that a drug works and announce that it should be taken by everyone?

    Very confusing…

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  2. Every bit of information learned while we buy time with isolation improves my chance of survival when it inevitably get to me, so good to know.

    I am troubled with the studies being reported on hydroxyquinoline. A number of small studies have questioned the usefulness of the malaria drug based on the reduction in viral loads in patients. But they ignore that the value in the drug may not be, or only partially be, based on its antiviral activity, and that what instead on its moderation of the immune system response.

    They really need to be guided by patient outcome, whatever the mechanism, rather than single metrics.

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