Of those participating, 86 patients were given a two-week course of three medicines: interferon beta-1b, a drug used to treat multiple sclerosis; HIV drugs lopinavir-ritonavir; and ribavirin, used to treat hepatitis.

A randomly-assigned control group of 41 people was just given the lopinavir-ritonavir combination…

They found that those taking all three medicines were able to clear the coronavirus in seven days on average (between five and 11 days) — “significantly” shorter than the 12-day average for the control group.

Those on the three-drug regimen also saw a complete alleviation of their symptoms in an average of four days, compared to eight for the control group.