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A Review on Currently Available Potential Therapeutic Options for COVID-19

Authors Ohadian Moghadam S

Received 21 May 2020

Accepted for publication 7 July 2020

Published 24 July 2020 Volume 2020:13 Pages 443—467


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 4

Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Solmaz Ohadian Moghadam

Uro-Oncology Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Correspondence: Solmaz Ohadian Moghadam
Uro-Oncology Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Tel/ Fax +98 21 66 43 77 25

Abstract: A series of unexplained pneumonia cases currently were first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. Official names have been announced for the virus responsible, previously known as “ 2019 novel coronavirus” and the diseases it causes are, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and coronavirus disease (COVID-19), respectively. Despite great efforts worldwide to control SARS-CoV-2, the spread of the virus has reached a pandemic. Infection prevention and control of this virus is the primary concern of public health officials and professionals. Currently, several therapeutic options for COVID-19 are proposed and vaccine development has been initiated for prevention purposes. In this review, we will discuss the most recent evidence about the current potential treatment options including anti-inflammatory drugs, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors/angiotensin receptor blockers, nucleoside analogs, protease inhibitors, monoclonal antibodies, and convalescent plasma therapy. Some other agents such as vitamin D and melatonin, which were recommended as potential adjuvant treatments for COVID-19 infection are also presented. Moreover, the potential use of convalescent plasma for treatment of COVID-19 infection was described. Furthermore, in the next part of the current review, various vaccination approaches against COVID-19 including whole virus vaccines, recombinant subunit vaccine, DNA vaccines, and mRNA vaccines are discussed.

Keywords: COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, treatment, vaccine, coronavirus

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