Interferons in the Therapy of Severe Coronavirus Infections: A Critical Analysis and Recollection of a Forgotten Therapeutic Regimen with Interferon Beta.Brzoska J, von Eick H, Hündgen M.Drug Res (Stuttg). 2020 May 22. doi: 10.1055/a-1170-4395. Online ahead of print.PMID: 32443163
There is a question about whether interferon B can be used for the treatment of COVID-19. This is because interferons are anti-viral. However it is argued here that the dosing used in MS may not be high enough and that the high doses they suggest may cause side effects. They suggest trials but as the first wave is diminishing beta interferon and the occurrence of COVID19 in Germany is low you have to say good luck recruiting to the trials. It will be interesting to see what gets reported to see what interferon beta really did. They are also talking about treatment for severe COVID19. People with MS would be getting the benefit of prophylactic treatement. However, do people taking beta interferfon get COVID-19. The answer is yes. Do they recover? On the whole the answer is yes too, but that is the case for every oe else on MS DMT unless you have the features associated with risk in the general population.