COVID-19 Miniseries Episode 52: Mayo Clinic Q&A – How Do Antiviral Drugs Work?
This episode is shared from Mayo Clinic Q&A and was recorded in October, 2020.
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Guest: Gregory A. Poland, M.D. (@drgregpoland)
Host: Halena M. Gazelka, M.D. (@hmgazelkamd)
Antiviral drugs are medicines that fight against viruses in the human body by impeding the infection process. Antivirals are commonly used to treat HIV/AIDS, influenza, herpes, and hepatitis B and C. The antiviral, Remdesivir, which was originally developed to fight Ebola, is now being used to treat COVID-19.
On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, explains how antivirals work to shorten the course of the disease.
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