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on SARS treatment
Ribavirin is widely used for SARS because of its effectiveness against RNA
and DNA viruses. It is often administered with corticosteroids to increase
its anti-viral activity. Despite of its popularity, many doubt ribavirin because
of undue side effects.
Oseltamivir phosphate, which is used to treat influenze, is seldom used to
treat SARS. Because its efficieny against SARS has not been proven, many researchers
recommend not to use the neuraminidase inhibitor.
Interferons are cytokines found in cellular immune response. Several experiments
were conducted in Germany to test interferon -2b and interferon -1b. Interferons
are tested to be effective in preventing SARS replication and in fighting
against viral infection. They are expected to be used for future treatment