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The researchers assessed the possibility of treatment COVID-19 radiation

Russian scientists commented in the interview with "Izvestiya" the possibility of treatment COVID-19 with radiation therapy, expressing doubts about the safety of this method.

The possibility of treatment of coronavirus infection in a similar way previously made by scientists from the US and Canada. So, according to experts from the canadian Cancer centre Jack ady, low-dose x-rays can help against pneumonia, which is often a consequence of coronavirus infection, the study was published in the journal of the European society for radiotherapy and Oncology 6 April. The research group of the cancer Institute of Emory University (USA) has tested the experimental technique on ten patients with coronavirus and pneumonia, the result of irradiated patients recovered four times faster, with side effects, the authors did not reveal.

"Radiation therapy has found its application in the treatment of cancer patients... But that methods of radiation therapy have been key in the treatment of respiratory infections, is unknown to us", — said the Deputy head of the laboratory of analysis of indicators of population health and the digitization of health MIPT Stanislav Otstavnov.

He noted that the use of this method is collateral damage, which may be significantly higher from the treatment itself.

Leading researcher SMRC Oncology, Blokhin Irina Lebedenko in turn, said that evidence and systematic observations regarding the treatment of coronavirus infection low dose radiation is not.

She noted that even small doses of radiation cause cancer, urging to seek other methods of treatment.

Head of laboratory of biotechnology and Virology of the Novosibirsk state University Sergey Netesov also expressed the view that viral infections cannot be treated with radioactive irradiation. "Many years ago firmly established that in the first place from such exposure affects organisms with a large genome. And the last with the smallest. So at first affected human cells, especially immune," explained the scientist.

The world health organization (who) 31 Dec 2019 received a notification about the detection of Wuhan city of Hubei province cluster of pneumonia cases of unknown type. The seventh of January 2020, the Chinese government established that the causative agent of this disease is a virus SARS-CoV-2, and 11 Feb 2020 who assigned him the name "coronavirus infection COVID-19".

The eleventh of March 2020, the who declared the outbreak COVID-19 pandemic. The total number of cases of infection, according to the organization, reached 20 439 814, died 744 385 infected.

The number of cases of infection with coronavirus in the world has increased in recent days more than 276 thousand died, more than 6.9 thousand people, follows from the data of the world health organization (who).

Relevant data on the situation of COVID-19 in Russia and the world presented on the portal stopmanager.of the Russian Federation.