(Liberty Bell) – A commonly available, decades-old drug typically used to treat malaria, chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine, has shown promising results in treating the novel coronavirus which has killed over 9,000 people amid the global pandemic of the disease.
A peer-reviewed study shows that 100% of patients, after 6 days of taking a Malaria drug were "virologically" cured
This is, reportedly, the 2nd 100% cure to a virus that has ever existed
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) March 19, 2020
BizPac Review explains:
In a recent peer-reviewed study, 100 percent of those treated with the drug used to treat malaria since 1944 were “virologically” cured, according to Gregory Rigano, an adviser to the Stanford University School of Medicine, who spoke with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson about the latest development.
Researchers in France reportedly completed a clinical trial testing chloroquine on patients with COVID-19 and Rigano claimed on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Wednesday that it is the second 100 percent cure for a virus ever found, urging President Trump to “authorize the use of hydroxychloroquine against coronavirus immediately.”
Carlson was a bit skeptical.
“I only know what you’re telling me, but I do know that it’s very unusual for a study of anything to produce results of 100 percent. I mean, that’s remarkable, isn’t it or am I missing something?” he asked.
“That is remarkable,” Rigano replied.
Full peer reviewed study has been released by Didier Raoult MD, PhD https://t.co/DzFTv13wYn.
After 6 days 100% of patients treated with HCQ + Azithromycin were virologically cured
— Gregory Rigano (@RiganoESQ) March 18, 2020
Rigano was referring to results seen by a team led by Didier Raoult, an infectious disease expert from l’Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire in Marseille, France.
Their findings were published on Wednesday.
In that test, a total of 26 coronavirus patients were treated with chloroquine. Six were also given an antibiotic, azithromycin. The patients who were treated with both the malaria drug and the antibiotic tested negative for COVID-19. Of those who were treated with just the hydroxychloroquine, 57.1% tested negative for the virus.
“Despite its small sample size our survey shows that hydroxychloroquine treatment is significantly associated with viral load reduction/disappearance in COVID-19 patients and its effect is reinforced by azithromycin,” the study said.
“If clinical data confirm the biological results, the novel coronavirus-associated disease will have become one of the simplest and cheapest to treat and prevent among infectious respiratory diseases,” Raoult, along with other French researches, wrote in an article in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents published last month.
— Russ Evansen (@waunaruss) March 19, 2020
As ABC News reports:
Both the virus that causes SARS and the virus responsible for COVID-19 belong to the same overarching family of coronaviruses. Researchers in China discovered that the protein spikes on the surface of the COVID-19 virus are similar to the protein spikes found on the surface of the SARS virus.
People become infected when those protein spikes bind to special receptors on the outside of human cells. Chloroquine works by interfering with those receptors, which may interfere with the virus’s ability to bind to cells.
The drug has a fan in Elon Musk, who hopefully tweeted that the treatment may be “worth considering.”
Maybe worth considering chloroquine for C19 https://t.co/LEYob7Jofr
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 16, 2020
Meanwhile, other experts, including White House coronavirus task force infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci are concerned that we shouldn’t jump the gun.
“All we have is some preclinical rationale and some mechanistic rationale, but no hard randomized clinical data yet,” said Steven Seedhouse, a biotech analyst at Raymond James. “I think it’s appropriate to be cautious on chloroquine and anything else.”
What do you think?
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