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A treatment for rosacea is being considered to treat coronavirus. "The second-generation tetracycline Dox has an anti-inflammatory and broad spectrum antimicrobial activity...It has minimal side effects and it is routinely prescribed for acne and rosacea...In ophthalmology, Dox is usually administered in patients affected by ocular rosacea and posterior blepharitis...Dox also has anti-angiogenic properties... It regulates cytokines and diminishes neutrophil chemotaxis too...Besides its well-known use in treating bacterial infections, some studies in the literature report that Dox possesses a broad activity against viral infection too...The first who described the Dox antiviral effect was Sturtz in 1998 (29), and this suggestion has been confirmed in several followed-up studies...In 2007, Suzuki et al. identified that coronavirus could be associated with anosmia,..."

"In our preliminary observation, the administration of Dox 200 mg once daily seems to improve respiratory symptoms and anosmia under Dox treatment in six patients completely recover after only 2 days of treatment. From our experience, it seems reasonable to continue the treatment at least 8 days. The mean patients' age was 35.8 ± 6.8 years, and 4 (66.7%) were females. One patient reported anosmia as the only COVID-19 manifestation; instead of the other five patients who complained about the loss of smell, in which it appeared 5–7 days after mild fever, dry cough, and malaise. The average time of the recovery COVID-19-linked anosmia after the administration of Dox in these patients was 2.5 ± 0.5 days. We noticed a sudden improvement in all symptoms after the administration of Dox, but our most exciting insight is about the rapid recovery of the smell."

Front Med (Lausanne). 2020; 7: 200.
Doxycycline: From Ocular Rosacea to COVID-19 Anosmia. New Insight Into the Coronavirus Outbreak
Chiara Bonzano, Davide Borroni, Andrea Lancia, and Elisabetta Bonzano 

Virus and rosacea has never, ever been ruled out.

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