COVID-19 is the illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan city, China. It can cause a cough and/or a fever/high temperature. Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people and those with long term conditions such as diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

COVID-19 can affect the lungs and airways and cause difficulty breathing. There are no drugs at the moment which we know will definitely help people with COVID-19. Research is needed for therapies that will improve symptoms and survival of patients with COVID-19.

Professor James Chalmers and colleagues are running the STOP-COVID19 trial to see if a new drug, Brensocatib, can help people with COVID-19.

Brensocatib may help by reducing lung inflammation, which could improve symptoms for people with COVID-19 and reduce the length of time patients need to stay in hospital.

The trial is being Sponsored by the University of Dundee & NHS Tayside and is being managed by Tayside Clinical Trials Unit.

Please click on the link for more detailed Trial Information

The trial can be found on the ISRCTN registry here

See the latest STOP-COVID19 media updates here

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