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Opinion: The flu could send our health care system into overdrive this winter. This drug offers some hope.

August 1, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A combination of a seasonal flu vaccine and an effective prophylactic drug such a baloxavir could significantly reduce the severity of the coming influenza epidemic and spare our hospitals the worst of the simultaneous epidemics, writes William Haseltine.

(CNN)A study published in the July 23 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine found that the anti-influenza drug baloxavir marboxil significantly reduced transmission of influenza among people living in the same house.

The July study was conducted during the 2018-2019 influenza season in Japan and assessed the ability of baloxavir to reduce transmission within a household.

The success of baloxavir against the transmission of influenza is significant, and provides hope that drugs directed against other viral enzymes could be developed to treat and prevent Covid-19.

A combination of a seasonal flu vaccine and an effective prophylactic drug such a baloxavir -- in addition to personal protective behaviors already being practiced across the US -- could significantly reduce the severity of the coming influenza epidemic and spare our hospitals the worst of the combined effects of simultaneous epidemics.

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