"The more researchers know about how the coronavirus attaches, invades and hijacks human cells, the more effective the search for drugs to fight it. That was the idea my colleagues and I hoped to be true when we began building a map of the coronavirus two months ago. The map shows all of the coronavirus proteins and all of the proteins found in the human body that those viral proteins could interact with.
In theory, any intersection on the map between viral and human proteins is a place where drugs could fight the coronavirus. But instead of trying to develop new drugs to work on these points of interaction, we turned to the more than 2,000 unique drugs already approved by the FDA for human use. We believed that somewhere on this long list would be a few drugs or compounds that interact with the very same human proteins as the coronavirus.
We were right." The Conversation
Having seen quite a few drugs re-purposed in the field by Special Forces medical sergeants, I was fairly sure that there must be existing medications that can be re-purposed to help defeat the COVID-19 virus. I wuz right. I realize that I am unlikely to receive a lot of Christmas cards from epidemiologists. pl