Still no effective drug, vaccine for COVID-19, says medical expert

Published April 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Analou De Vera

Despite the increasing number of patients recovering from COVID-19, the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (PSMID) said that there is still no “magic drug” for the dreaded disease.

The Department of Health on Thursday said there are now 435 patients who have recovered from COVID-19. The figure has outnumbered the country’s death toll, which is at 362.

“Wala pa talaga tayong ‘magic drug’ na tinatawag, o epektibong gamot na napag-aralan o na-establish sa mga clinical trial na epektibo at safe na gamitin para sa COVID-19,” PSMID President Dr. Marissa Alejandria said in a press briefing.

([We do not have a ‘magic’ drug yet, or a drug that has been established in clinical trials as effective and safe for treating COVID-19.)

Alejandria said the medical professionals are providing supportive care for the COVID-19 patients.

“Sinisisguro natin na sila ay well-hydrated. Pag may lagnat, binibigyan po natin ng paracetamol. Ini-examine din naman kung meron silang ibang infection,” she explained.

(We ensure that they are well hydrated. If they have fever, we give them paracetamol. We are also monitoring if they have other infections.)

“Kung may iba silang karamdaman katulad ng hypertension, diabetes, binabantayan din namin iyon,” she added.

(We also monitor if they have co-morbidities such as hypertension or diabetes.)

Alejandria said as of now, the drugs being eyed as possible cures for COVID-19 remain investigational.

“There remains no registered, effective drug or vaccine for COVID-19. All of those are still undergoing research or clinical trials,” she said.