21 Mar COVID-19 and Chloroquine
FIRST LOOK AT THE TREATMENT & POSSIBLE PROPHYLAXIS FOR COVID-19
Despite announcements that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are treatments for coronavirus, we need to take a more somber approach to these claims. Ebay is now price-gauging the sale the chloroquine used in aquariums. This chloroquine isn’t intended for human consumption, yet it is selling for $1,975. This is what happens when misinformation is presented to the general public and panic sets in.
THERE IS NO DEFINITIVE STUDY THAT CONFIRMS CHLOROQUINE CAN TREAT COVID-19.
Recent guidelines from South Korea and China report that Chloroquine is an effective anti-viral therapeutic treatment against Coronavirus. Use of Chloroquine (tablets) is showing favorable outcomes in humans infected with Coronavirus, including faster time to recovery and shorter hospital stay. Research by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has shown that Chloroquine also has potential as a preventative measure against Coronavirus in the lab. That does not equate studies done on humans. (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1232869/#B15)
Besides its anti-viral activity, Chloroquine has an immune-boosting activity, which may synergistically enhance its anti-viral effect in patients. Without question research on chloroquine as treatment for coronavirus should proceed at a rapid pace, but we must remember to look at the facts and not assumptions.