- Researchers have developed a new inhaler to try to stop the symptoms of Covid-19 from worsening
- They have launched testing of the inhaler and hope it will help patients treat themselves at home
- At present, no cure exists for the virus and those who test positive have to be isolated
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Scientists in Britain have developed an inhaler specifically designed to help patients fight off the coronavirus. The inhaler is made to be used as soon as symptoms of the virus are present.
A trial was launched on Tuesday and it involves researchers sending inhalers to 120 infected patients to use at home. The inhaler contains a drug that is believed to help boost the immune system.
At present, no cure exists for Covid-19 and anyone who is symptomatic is encouraged to self-isolate. Should this inhaler be successful, it would help in the battle to stem the pandemic. It could make a difference by allowing sufferers to treat themselves rather than just hoping for the best.
The leader of the study, Professor Nick Francis, said the aim of the inhaler is to prevent the virus from progressing, leading to worse symptoms and deteriorating health.
The test sample includes the elderly, who are most susceptible to the virus, and those with underlying health conditions. According to Daily Mail, the patients with symptoms will be assessed via video call and sent a coronavirus test. If the test comes back positive, they will be sent the inhaler and other equipment to help record accurate data.
Participants will use the inhaler once a day for 14 days then they will be assessed.
The leader also said he would not close borders since he respected his neighbours and did not want to ruin their economies. Magufuli said Covid-19 infections were dwindling at a higher rate and he would soon open schools and allow sporting activities.
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