Thursday, 26 March 2020

Anti-malarials and Covid-19

A claim by the US President that anti-malarial treatments , such as Chloroquine, can help to cure Covid-19 patients has reportedly led to some people and countries (Indonesia) stock-piling these drugs (https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/mar/25/can-chloroquine-really-help-treat-coronavirus-patients). This has led to shortages for people who really need this agent and at least 1 death in a person who took a version not intended for human consumption. The evidence for these agents being, in any sense, beneficial is extremely limited and is largely based on anecdotal evidence. They (and other candidate compounds) may have a role in the future but the last thing health systems need are people experimenting with themselves.

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