Wisconsin woman took hydroxychloroquine for 19 years, still got coronavirus

That means neither the patients nor the researchers know who is getting a placebo and who is getting the treatment in order to prevent the results from being biased in any way, according to Co-Principal Investigator Professor Sir Nicholas White from the Bangkok-based Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU), which is running the trial.

His study looked at almost 15,000 people with COVID-19 getting one of the malaria drugs with or without one of the suggested antibiotics and more than 81,000 patients getting none of those medications.

Frontline health workers in the United Kingdom will be given hydroxychloroquine, the malaria drug touted by Donald Trump, in a clinical trial to test if the malaria drug prevents coronavirus, the study's organisers said. For those receiving hydroxychloroquine and an antibiotic - the cocktail endorsed by Trump - there was a 45 percent increased risk of death and a 411 percent increased risk of serious heart arrhythmias.

But the authors stressed that anyone taking these drugs for other conditions should not stop taking them as the trial looked specifically at Covid-19.

"This is the first large scale study to find statistically robust evidence that treatment with chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine does not benefit patients with COVID-19", he said.

In a segment on NPR earlier this week, medical researchers and others explored the politicization of drug treatments as a sad development to emerge during the Covid-19 pandemic, with many placing the blame squarely at the feet of a president who has sidelined experts while injecting his own uninformed and often ridiculous claims into the national conversation. Of this population, 1,868 patients received chloroquine, 3,783 received chloroquine with a macrolide, 3,016 received hydroxychloroquine, and 6,221 received hydroxychloroquine with a macrolide.

"Urgent confirmation from randomised clinical trials is needed", they wrote.

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A United States woman who has taken hydroxychloroquine for 19 years still caught Covid-19 despite President Donald Trump saying it can help prevent the virus.

The results, however, are a reminder of the risks of deciding to use medicines without clear evidence of their benefits and risks. Hydroxychloroquine has been widely used in America for the treatment of malaria, lupus and some other diseases upon prescription for more than six decades, however its utility for the treatment of coronavirus is at best unproven.

At the end of the study period around nine percent of those in the control group had died.

Scientists say the drug has some "very serious" side-effects and there is no evidence that it prevents or treats the disease.

Kim said she's on the mend now from her battle against the bug - but warns others the drug alone won't protect them from the virus.

The study is among the largest that have been conducted regarding the effectiveness of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine in treating COVID-19. Those who took hydroxychloroquine were 34% more likely to die and were 137% more likely to develop heart rhythm problems. "They were like, 'Well, nobody ever said that was the cure or that was going to keep you safe" and it definitely did not". Those patients were compared to 81,000 patients who had Covid-19 but did not receive the drugs.

About 8% of those taking hydroxychloroquine and an antibiotic developed a heart rhythm problem vs. 0.3% of the patients not taking any of the drugs in the study.

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