According to Thailand's health ministry, the patient, a 70-year-old Chinese woman, tested negative for the virus 48 hours after taking the combination of antiviral drugs used to treat the flu and HIV. The drug cocktail has been used by Chinese health officials to treat severe cases of the novel coronavirus.
“This is not the cure, but the patient’s condition has vastly improved," said Dr. Kriangska Atipornwanich, a lung specialist at the Rajavithi Hospital in Bangkok. "From testing positive for 10 days under our care, after applying this combination of medicine the test result became negative within 48 hours.”
“The outlook is good but we still have to do more study to determine that this can be a standard treatment.”
While the drug cocktail seems promising as a way to treat coronavirus, Thailand's health officials say it is still too early to say it can be used for all cases.
On February 2, the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed the first death from novel coronavirus outside of China. The patient was a 44-year-old Chinese man who traveled to the Philippines from Wuhan, China. He was traveling with a 38-year-old Chinese woman who was the first person in the country to test positive for the new coronavirus.
On February 2, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the expansion of the temporary travel ban on Hubei province (where the epicenter of the virus, Wuhan, is located) to the rest of mainland China, Macau, and Hong Kong.