Can these drugs prevent new coronaviruses?

“The preliminary study found that the Chinese patent medicine Shuanghuanglian oral liquid can inhibit the new coronavirus.” On the evening of January 31, the discovery of a joint study by the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Wuhan Institute of Virology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences was soon reported by the media. Triggered the buying up of Shuanghuanglian across the country.

Can Shuanghuanglian oral solution really respond to the pneumonia outbreak of new coronavirus infection? In this regard, Zhang Boli, an expert in the medical team of the Central Steering Group and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, pointed out that Shuanghuanglian oral liquid is an ordinary Chinese patent medicine, and its main ingredients are honeysuckle, skullcap, and forsythia. In previous studies, it was found that these drugs have a broad-spectrum antiviral effect and even antibacterial effects. However, no formal clinical studies have been conducted on new coronaviruses. These Chinese patent medicines can only play a role in regulating the state of the body, and are not targeted to the new coronavirus.

From the time of SARS in 2003, there have been rumors of Banlangen prevention of SARS. In 2013, there was a similar “legend” when the H7N9 avian flu epidemic occurred. Until this year’s 2019-nCoV new coronavirus appeared, Banlangen is still active in the public. Sight.

Banlangen is not a “magic medicine”, it is just an ordinary Chinese medicine, which has the effect of clearing away heat and detoxification, but it is only limited to the treatment of heat diseases such as wind-heat cold, viral cold and so on. It can’t be effective. No matter whether it was SARS or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Banlangen was not recommended as a therapeutic drug from the beginning to the end. At the same time, due to the bitter and cold taste of Banlangen, healthy people will hurt the spleen and stomach. It is also not suitable for colds such as wind cold, so it is not recommended that you blindly hoard the blue roots.

Antiviral drugs such as oseltamivir and ribavirin
Regarding whether oseltamivir and ribavirin can prevent new coronaviruses, first of all, everyone needs to understand that viruses are also divided into common cold viruses and influenza viruses. Coronavirus is one of the common common cold viruses. At present, there is no exact antiviral treatment.

Although oseltamivir is an antiviral drug, it can only reduce the spread of influenza A or B viruses. It is clinically used for the prevention and treatment of influenza A and influenza B, and is not effective for new coronaviruses. The virus is not recommended to take oseltamivir for prevention.

Although ribavirin is often used, it has little activity against coronavirus in vitro, and for many years, whether it is SARS or MERS, ribavirin has not shown any beneficial effect during its clinical treatment.

The claim that antibacterial drugs prevent new coronaviruses is not reliable. Antibacterial drugs treat bacterial infections and are not effective against viruses. For example, if the antiviral drugs are the bean family, some antiviral drugs are tofu, some are soybean skin, some are soy milk, and the antibacterial drugs are the pasta family, there are cakes, buns, buns …

However, the small crown of the virus is very picky and only drinks soy milk, so tofu and bean skin of the same family (antiviral drugs) are not suitable for it, not to mention the pasta family (antibacterial drugs)?

Only on the basis of infection with viruses, when secondary bacterial infections are needed, antimicrobial drugs need to be applied. Blindly taking antibacterial drugs not only has no prevention and treatment effect, but adverse drug reactions may occur, and even destroy the normal intestinal flora.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for the body and can help the body maintain normal immune function. In the course of disease treatment, intake of vitamin C is usually only an adjunct treatment, and does not have the role of preventing and resisting new coronavirus.

Under normal circumstances, a reasonable diet can guarantee the daily vitamin C. Vitamin C is not better if you eat more. Overdose may also cause headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach upset, hemolysis, urinary tract stones and other adverse reactions, which can be fatal.

Alcohol products
According to the previous research on the physical and chemical characteristics of coronavirus, we know that the virus is sensitive to heat. Keeping it at 56 ℃ for 30 minutes, ether, 75% ethanol, chlorine-containing disinfectant, peracetic acid and chloroform can effectively inactivate the virus.

So there are new online rumors, saying that drinking white wine in the sauna can prevent the new coronavirus. The high temperature environment in the sauna room, coupled with 75% alcohol, is afraid that the virus is still okay. People first get alcohol poisoned. Alcohol can indeed kill viruses, but it must be an alcohol disinfection product with a concentration of more than 75%, and it can only be used for disinfection of the body surface. Alcohol consumed in the body will only be absorbed and metabolized, and it cannot kill viruses.

The important thing is said three times, steaming the sauna and drinking white wine does not prevent the new coronavirus! Steaming sauna to drink liquor does not prevent new coronavirus! Steaming sauna to drink liquor does not prevent new coronavirus!