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Viagra helps in curing COVID-19 patients.

There is no evidence that Viagra can cure COVID. More research needs to be done to determine that it is a viable treatment for the infection.

A post on social media states that Viagra, a medication used to treat erectile dysfunction and pulmonary arterial hypertension, can help cure COVID-19 infections. The claim came from a news report stating that a nurse in the U.K reportedly revived from a coma after being given Viagra. Robert M. Wachter, MD, Professor, and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, also publicized the drug through a tweet saying "anything is possible." However, there is no credible scientific evidence that the medicine can cure coronavirus infection.

A study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, titled 'Hypothesis of COVID-19 Therapy with Sildenafil,' proposed using sildenafil to reduce the production of inflammatory cascade and thromboembolism caused by COVID-19. However, the study is yet to be peer-reviewed.

Another study conducted by the U.S. National Library of Medicine didn't find any "statistically significant differences in the oxygenation parameters of COVID patients who were either given sildenafil or a placebo." The study concluded that sildenafil treatment could have a "potential therapeutic role regarding the need for Invasive Mechanical Ventilation" in COVID-19 patients with specific perfusion patterns in subtraction computed tomography angiography (sCTA). However, a large-scale study is needed to confirm these results.

Scientists are currently working to identify if sildenafil can prevent or treat COVID-19.

Considering no direct impact of Viagra has been identified, more detailed studies are required to establish the benefits of the medicine in treating the COVID-19 infection. Thus, the claim that Viagra helps in curing COVID-19 is false.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19, including symptoms, prevention, and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organization or your national healthcare authority.

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