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Flu-HIV drug mixture helps treat coronavirus, Thai doctors say

Patient tests negative within 48 hours of receiving the cocktail

Masked travelers pass through an airport in Bangkok. Thailand, a popular destination for Chinese tourists, has confirmed 19 coronavirus cases so far. (Photo by Akira Kodaka) 

BANGKOK -- Thai doctors treating patients with the new coronavirus have seen promising results using HIV and flu medications, Thailand's Ministry of Public Health announced on Sunday.

Doctors at a hospital in Bangkok used a mixture of flu drug oseltamivir and HIV treatments lopinavir and ritonavir on a Chinese woman. The doctors said her condition quickly improved and she tested negative for the virus within 48 hours.

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