MANILA, Philippines — Amidst the “virus scare” hounding nations due to the emergence of the 2019 new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that had killed 17 people and made more than 500 others sick, Department of Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo admittted there is no antibiotics for coronavirus or even an antiviral drug for regular flu or for adenoviral influenza, said DOH Usec. Eric Domingo.
The existing medicines do not work for coronavirus, Domingo also said.
“No medicine for coronavirus except for the so-called supportive treatment, the medicines for fever and hydration. We make sure the patient is nourished and naturally, you can clear the virus from your system,” Domingo said.
But still, there is no identified reagent and antibiotics for coronavirus.
Since there is no medicine to address the novel virus, Domingo underscored the need for the public to boost one’s immune system.
He said one should avoid microbes entering his body. He said this can be done if one would strengthen his immune system aside from maintaining proper hygiene tough handwashing- using soap and water.
“We have been frequently touching and scratching so avoid going to areas where there are many people wearing masks especially during this flu season. This will prevent one from getting infected,” asserted Domingo.
Domingo also said that the Philippines has no capability to detect 2019 n-CoV since it is a novel strain of coronavirus, which was just identified. (STACY ANG/IAMIGO/Currentph.com)