Spain’s first coronavirus patient, Miguel Angel Benitez, has reportedly recovered completely from the disease after being treated with antiretroviral drug lopinavir-ritonavir at Seville’s Virgen del Rocio Hospital.
According to the Daily Mail, the drug, also called Kaletra, has been used for years on patients with HIV. The 62-year-old was also said to have been treated with several medication that reduce multiple sclerosis symptoms.
Kaletra is known to prevent viruses from multiplying further in the blood of sufferers. The hospital where Benitez received treatment has been testing the combination of drugs for several weeks now.
Despite the good news about Benitez’s recovery, Spanish scientists warned that his recovery does not mean all patients with the COVID-19 will respond similarly to the treatments used on Benitez.
Scientists said recovery will still rely heavily on the strength of a patient’s immune system, which is why health authorities have been encouraging people to keep track of their health amid the coronavirus crisis.