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How do antivirals work?

Antivirals are a class of medications used for treating viruses. Viruses cannot reproduce on their own so to survive they seek out healthy cells in the human body and use these to make ‘copies’ of themselves. Antivirals disrupt this process by preventing viruses from entering healthy cells, multiplying, or escaping infected cells.

To learn what therapies are being explored to treat COVID-19, visit this tracker.

Updated 20 October 2020

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