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Old 03-25-2020, 10:12 AM
Dr_Paprika is offline
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There are many different types of known antibiotics. Every type works in a different way. Many infections cause problems using the body’s immune system and inflammatory reactions.

In general, most antibiotics are not very helpful against virus infections. There are a few which are pretty specific for viruses - for example amantadine is used for flu. Many medications are anti-inflammatory. Some affect the immune response.

Macrolides such as Zithromax work on ribosomes. You’ll recall some of the types of RNA: ribosomal, transfer, messenger, mitochondrial. It is not unrealistic for azithromycin to interfere with viral RNA at ribosome and so have some effect. To say antibiotics are no good to treat viruses is often true but oversimplistic. Many other medicines including those for HIV and gout are also undergoing trials and being used.
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