25th International Congress on Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Shaqra University, Saudi Arabia
Title: The Coronavirus (COVID-19): challenges for potential treatment interventions and vaccines
Biography: Abdulmohsen Alrohaimi
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has become an issue of international concern, with many countries enforcing total lockdowns on their citizens to combat its spread. The initial cases of this virus are traced in Wuhan, a Chinese city in December 2019. It has, however, spread to numerous countries over the past three months, causing multiple fatalities and strain on countries’ healthcare systems. Statistics reveal that approximately 800,000 cases have been recorded worldwide, with deaths almost reaching the 40,000 mark (New York Times). China, Italy, Spain, and the United States of America have so far recorded the highest numbers of confirmed cases and fatalities. The World Health Organization already declared it a global pandemic due to the numerous risk factors. The infectious nature of the disease has led to healthcare crises, with scientists desperately searching and testing for potential treatment interventions and vaccines.
The search for a cure has led many scientists and virologists to engage in numerous trials to secure the appropriate intervention. Some of these interventions interfere with the recipients’ immune system, resulting in a host of other complications. The testing of the vaccine could also be delayed since its safety and effectiveness must be ascertained before it is rolled out. It is, therefore, imperative to explore other alternatives that are effective with fewer risks on the human body. Firstly, a robust immune system is critical in the treatment and cure for COVID-19. The severity of the disease is proportional to an individual’s immune system, with compromised immunity posing significant challenges. Supplementation with minerals, herbs, and vitamins could improve immunity, helping to prevent the severity of the disease as well as helping with the healing process. Besides, antiviral medication such as remdesivir could also be useful in combating this disease. This drug has been effective in treating virus-related respiratory diseases such as SARS (Campell et al). Its effectiveness is known, and safety guaranteed, hence a milestone in protecting the immunity of COVID-19 patients.