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A stopgap measure to treat respiratory distress

Repurposing a drug used for blood clots may help COVID-19 patients in danger of respiratory failure, researchers suggest

Researchers at MIT and the University of Colorado at Denver have proposed a stopgap measure that they believe could help COVID-19 patients who are in acute respiratory distress. By repurposing a drug that is now used to treat blood clots, they believe they could help people in cases where a ventilator is not helping, or if a ventilator is not available.

Three hospitals in Massachusetts and Colorado are developing plans to test this approach in severely ill COVID-19 patients.