By Dennis Thompson
THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Remdesivir has proved its mettle against COVID-19, a final report on the antiviral concludes.
Remdesivir hastened recovery for COVID patients who were so sick they had to be hospitalized, said Dr. Raymund Razonable, vice chair of infectious diseases for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
People on remdesivir recovered in 10 days, on average, compared with 15 days for those only receiving supportive care like oxygen and IV fluids, according to the results published Oct. 8 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
“The time to clinical improvement for somebody who is admitted to the hospital for COVID with pneumonia is reduced significantly,” Razonable said. “There is about a five-day difference in time to clinical improvement.”
However, the drug did not appear to alter a person’s risk of dying from COVID, noted Dr. Mangala Narasimhan, senior