Immunomodulators for Curtailing COVID-19: a Positive Approach

  • Shabir Ahmad Bhat MD Scholar, Department of Moalajat, Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, J&K, India
  • Shameem Ahmad Rather Reader, Department of Moalajat, Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, J&K, India
  • Arsheed Iqbal Scientist III, Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, J&K, India
  • Haider Ali Qureshi MD Scholar, Department of Moalajat, Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, J&K, India
  • Naquibul Islam Head of the department, Moalajat, Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, J&K, India

Abstract

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) is highly infectious, spreading swiftly from man to man which has not been previously recognized in humans. World Health Organization (WHO) on February 11, 2020 named the infection as COVID-19 as an acronym for ‘coronavirus disease-2019’ and on March 11, 2020 declared the outbreak as pandemic. It affects all the people without discrimination, however, older, immune compromised are more susceptible. The virus chiefly spread through droplet infection from infected person to healthy one by coughing, sneezing or with infected hands when touched to eyes, nose or mouth. Symptoms of the infection range from mild to severe ones. In severe cases (approx. 14% of cases) fever typically of high grade (104oF), breathlessness, pneumonia and severe acute respiratory syndrome may appear. So far no specific treatment or vaccine for novel coronavirus-2019 is there. From the past and recent past experiences we have learnt that herbal medicines have proven beneficial against various dreadful viral infections. Assessment of immune enhancing herbs in this paper may definitely be helpful for the body to fight COVID-19 infection.


Keywords:   Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2, COVID-19, Pneumonia, Immune, Herbs

Keywords: Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2, COVID-19, Pneumonia, Immune, Herbs

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Author Biographies

Shabir Ahmad Bhat, MD Scholar, Department of Moalajat, Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, J&K, India

MD Scholar, Department of Moalajat, Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, J&K, India

Shameem Ahmad Rather, Reader, Department of Moalajat, Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, J&K, India

Reader, Department of Moalajat, Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, J&K, India

Arsheed Iqbal, Scientist III, Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, J&K, India

Scientist III, Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, J&K, India

Haider Ali Qureshi, MD Scholar, Department of Moalajat, Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, J&K, India

MD Scholar, Department of Moalajat, Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, J&K, India

Naquibul Islam, Head of the department, Moalajat, Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, J&K, India

Head of the department, Moalajat, Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, J&K, India

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Bhat SA, Rather SA, Iqbal A, Qureshi HA, Islam N. Immunomodulators for Curtailing COVID-19: a Positive Approach. JDDT [Internet]. 15Jun.2020 [cited 2Jul.2020];10(3-s):286-94. Available from: http://jddtonline.info/index.php/jddt/article/view/4085