It seems we may have a “cure” for COVID-19. Heard about this first on WMAL (wmal.com), the news station I usually listen to, WMAL Interview – GREGORY RIGANO – 03.18.20. Here is WMAL’s description of the interview.
INTERVIEW – GREGORY RIGANO – co-author on study of Chloroquine, Advisor to the Stanford University School of Medicine
– He works to help scientists find solutions to real world problems like coronavirus. (continued here (omny.fm))
The interview is worth listening to, but here is something in writing for those who prefer it.
A drug originally developed to treat malaria is showing signs that it may also cure infections of the coronavirus, though much more testing is needed.
Researchers and virologists in France have completed a clinical trial studying the effects of hydroxychloroquine, used to treat arthritis, malaria, and other ailments, on patients with COVID-19. Researchers treated a total of 26 coronavirus patients with the drug, including six that were given the antibiotic azithromycin, as well.
The researchers released their findings in a study published on Wednesday. The results showed that all six patients treated with hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin tested negative for the virus after six days. Of the 20 treated with just hydroxychloroquine, 57.1% tested negative for the coronavirus after six days. Just 12.5% of the control group made up of 16 other patients tested negative. (continued here (washingtonexaminer.com))
This for real? Don’t actually know. Others have to confirm the results of this study. Until that is done, we have to remain skeptical. Still, it is worth a few prayers.
Here are some additional references.
- A malaria pill from the 1940s has caught the eyes of doctors, analysts, and even Elon Musk as a potential coronavirus treatment (businessinsider.com)
- Coronavirus Patients In The U.S. (fool.com)
- Researchers Look To Old Drugs For A Possible Coronavirus Treatment (forbes.com)
Anyway, it will be interesting to find out where hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin are made. It isn’t hard to google who makes a drug, but we have to ask the companies where the manufacturing plants are located and who their suppliers are. For some reason American companies don’t seem much interested in advertising when they relocate a manufacturing plant out of the USA. So, if the demand for hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin increases, we can only hope the Chinese don’t control their manufacture.