By end of June, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said the public will know the results of the clinical trials being done on virgin coconut oil or VCO.
The clinical trial on VCO are being done to determine if it can be used as possible COVID-19 treatment option for moderate or severe cases, according to DOST Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña.
“‘Yung sa [Philippine General Hospital] studies for moderate and severe [COVID-19 cases] is ongoing. Baka end of June matapos (by end of June the study will be concluded),” according to Dela Peña.
Phase 2 of the VCO hospital-based clinical trials were done November last year, with studies done at the Sta. Rosa Community Hospital, including isolation facilities in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
The DOST said they studied the antiviral effects of coconut oil compounds and showed promise as a treatment option for COVID-19.