Oracle is working on an online platform designed in collaboration with the White House. When finished, it will be used to collect information about the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
Both the virus that causes SARS and the virus responsible for COVID-19 belong to the same family of coronaviruses. Researchers discovered that the protein spikes on the surface of the SARS virus are similar to the protein spikes found on the surface of the COVID-19 virus.
Given chloroquine’s effectiveness in treating SARS, scientists are studying the effectiveness of the treatment against the new coronavirus responsible for COVID-19. So far, the initial trials are encouraging.