COVID- 19 : Top 3 updates for Doctors Date: 18/04/2020

1. Researchers find rheumatoid arthritis drug is promising coronavirus treatment

17th April 2020: Researchers at Georgia State University have found that auranofin, a drug approved for rheumatoid arthritis, may be an effective treatment against the coronavirus. The team set out to study how drugs already approved by the Food & Drug Administration interact with the SARS-CoV-2. “Drug repurposing is the fastest way to get a treatment for SARS-CoV-2, because it’s already been established that these medicines are safe to use in humans,” says Mukesh Kumar, lead author of the study.

2. Ola opens its tech platform to Indian government to combat coronavirus crisis

17th April 2020: As India scrambles to keep its citizens safe from the coronavirus, local ride-hailing giant Ola has stepped up to help. The Indian firm has made its technology platform — which is capable of, among other things, conducting real-time tracking and navigation and managing crowds — available to the federal and state governments at no cost.

3. India builds new devices to fight novel coronavirus

17th April 2020: Ultraviolet guns, disinfectant drones, air evacuation pods, added to Indian military’s repertoire against COVID-19. As part of India’s fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic, the country’s military has begun using drones and guns shooting ultraviolet light to help stop the spread of the virus. Among the latest innovations against the virus, the country’s military Electronics and Mechanical Engineering (EME) Corps developed a quadcopter fitted with up to five liters (1.3 gallons) of disinfectants that can sanitize an area the size of a football field in less than five minutes.

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