About a hundred patients participated in the trial in the United Kingdom. Participants inhaled a drug containing the protein Interferon beta. That got straight into the lungs. People would recover much more often after that treatment. It is a relatively small test group and the research results have not yet been assessed by independent experts.
Worldwide, the best way to treat patients who have been infected with the new virus is being diligently sought. Several countries have already given the green light for the use of the virus inhibitor remdesivir.