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Treating Covid-19 with Drugs

scientists are also looking at reusing existing drugs that have been approved for treating other viruses or diseases and this is because takes years to develop and approve new antiviral drugs because the discovery pipeline involves a painstaking process of identifying chemical compounds that target the virus and then testing their efficacy and safety. There exists anti-inflammatory drugs that reduce the risk of death from Covid-19, such as dexamethasone and tocilizumab and are only given to people hospitalised with severe Covid-19. Targeting viruses outside cells to stop them from gaining a foothold before they can replicate is possible, but is also difficult because of the nature of the virus shell. Why is ti hard to treat Viruses with drugs compared to bacteria ?

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