Tocilizumab drug shows coronavirus treatment promise, doctor says
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A California pulmonary disease specialist has voiced promise in tocilizumab drug treatment for critically ill coronavirus patients.
Dr. Imran Sharief recalled a patient in their 30s, exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms such as shortness of breath and fever when conditions started suddenly deteriorating. The patient was depending on maximum support from a ventilator upon treatment with tocilizumab.
“We were already cautious and we were worried because this patient was extremely young so we started the medication right away,” Sharief told Fox News.
He reported seeing a response within 72 hours and after five days, transitioned the patient off the ventilator and into a regular ward.
Coronavirus invades the body through receptors in the nasal passages and airway, Sharief explained. Inflammatory mediators, such as Interleukin 6 (IL-6), …continued .
[Source: Fox News]