As of April 12, 2020, the Corona or Covid-19 virus pandemic has spread to more than 200 countries in the world. The number of cases of infection has reached more than 1.7 million with more than 100 thousand deaths, while the number of patients who managed to recover is more than 400 thousand people. Of the cases that occurred in various countries, there are 5 countries that reported the highest number of corona virus infections, above 100,000 cases, namely the United States, Spain, Italy, France and Germany.
In Indonesia as of June 14, 2020, the number of Covid-19 cases has reached more than 36 thousand with a total recovery of more than 4 thousand patients and more than 2100 people died. This number cannot be said to be small considering the increasing number of cases every day. Even on Wednesday 10 June 2020, the number of Covid-19 patients in Indonesia rose by more than 1.200 people.
The Indonesian Government’s efforts to impose a variety of policies, ranging from social distancing to Large Scale Social Restrictions in some areas with high Covid-19 cases to urging people to implement health protocols, are not enough to control the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Other more effective methods are needed, namely finding vaccines and special drugs to combat the Covid-19.
Apparently, the result of efforts to find Covid-19 antidote will be getting closer. After conducting various researches, a team from the Stem Cell Research and Development Center of Airlangga University in Surabaya, East Java invented five combinations of drug regimens derived from drugs that have been circulating in the market and have the potential to be a special drug for the Covid-19 patients. Researchers at Airlangga University, Doctor Purwati along with the National Intelligence Agency and the Covid-19 Handling National Task Force continue to conduct research to update Covid-19 healing prescriptions. She said that she was conducting research related to drug combination regimens and also effective types of stem cells. The regimen is the composition of the type and amount of drug as well as the frequency of drug administration as a treatment therapy.
Indeed, it is not only Indonesia that is trying to find an antidote to the Covid-19 virus. Director of the World Health Organization (WHO), General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, as quoted by CNBC page, Monday (April 6, 2020) said that research into developing vaccines and drugs to fight the Covid-19 had been accelerated. According to him, more than 70 countries and 20 institutions joined WHO for research trials on effective treatment and developing vaccines.
Hopefully, the efforts made by researchers from Indonesia and various countries in the world can soon produce results so that more Covid-19 patients can be recovered.