Triple combination therapy shows promise for COVID-19 patients with less severe illnesses - (ABC News via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Study data published in The Lancet suggest that that a triple antiviral therapy,  interferon beta 1b, lopinavir-ritonavir and ribavirin, may be safe and effective in treating patients with mild to moderate cases of COVID-19, reported ABC News.

  • Researchers assigned over 120 patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms to a cocktail of all three drugs and gave the other group only lopinavir-ritonavir.

  • The typical patient given the three drug-combination tested negative for the virus five days earlier than those who received just a single drug.

  • Additionally, the triple therapy treatment group had a shorter hospital stay and reported that their symptoms disappeared much faster than the control group.

  • The main side effects of the medications were nausea and diarrhoea, but there was no difference between the two groups, and none of the patients died.

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