Doctors in Thailand have seen success in treating the deadly coronavirus with a powerful combination of flu and HIV drugs.
The news comes as the first coronavirus case in Massachusetts was confirmed in Boston on Friday, bringing the total number of cases in the U.S. to 8.
The global death toll has soared to 362 cases with over 17,388 confirmed infections reported worldwide.
Doctors treating a 70-year-old Chinese woman with flu and HIV drugs saw a vast improvement in her symptoms. The doctors from Rajavithi Hospital in Bangkok reported zero virus detected in her blood after 48 hours.
The drug treatment includes a mixture of anti-HIV drugs Loinavir and ritonavir, in combination with flu drug oseltamivir in large doses.
"This is not a cure, but the patient's condition has vastly improved. From testing positive for 10 days under our care, after applying this combination of medicine the test result became negative within 48 hours," Dr. Kriangska Atipornwanich told reporters.
"The outlook is good but we still have to do more study to determine that this can be a standard treatment."
The link between HIV and the coronavirus was first reported by Dr. Eric Ding, a visiting health scientist at the Harvard School of Health.
Twitter.com permanently banned Zerohedge.com for publishing a post about Dr. Ding's theory linking HIV to the coronavirus.
Zerohedge.com was supposedly banned for "doxing" a researcher at a level 4 laboratory in Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the virus.
The researcher, Dr. Peng Zhou, studied bats to determine why they are reservoirs for the world's deadliest pathogens yet they don't get sick.
Zerohedge.com questioned whether Dr. Zhou developed a superbug from bat virus or whether one of his bats escaped from his lab, which is located about 4 miles from the fish market linked to the first reported coronavirus death in Wuhan.
Twitter has banned or suspended accounts for promoting the idea that a man-made virus bioweapon is the origin of the Wuhan coronavirus. But Dr. Ding's Twitter account is still active.