No specific medicines available to prevent or treat coronavirus – WHO

A woman adjusts her mask to prevent an outbreak of a new coronavirus at the Hong Kong West Kowloon High Speed Train Station, in Hong Kong, China January 23, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

According to the World Health Organisation, to date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the new coronavirus.

Health Authorities, worldwide, are advising that people infected with the virus should receive appropriate care to relieve and treat symptoms, and those with severe illness should receive optimized supportive care.

The World Health Organisation has explained how COVID-19 is a virus and therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment. However, if one is hospitalized for COVID-19, patients may receive antibiotics because bacterial co-infection is possible.

Also, some specific treatments are under investigation and will be tested through clinical trials and WHO is helping to accelerate research and development efforts with a range or partners.