Could COVID drug spawn super virus?

September 13, 2023

COVID-19 patients are often prescribed antiviral drugs that work by reducing the number of viral particles circulating in the body. One such drug, molnupiravir, tricks the virus into generating mutations, some of which are lethal to the virus itself. Since molnupiravir causes the virus to die by inducing mutations, some have raised concerns about the possibility of inadvertently creating new, treatment-resistant versions of the virus. The idea of a drug that helps the virus mutate, even for the purpose of killing it, has some people worried. Their work also finds that molnupiravir appears to be more effective for those with difficulty clearing the virus on their own.

The source of this news is from Harvard University