We’ve been hearing about hydroxychloroquine seemingly since the pandemic started, and there is no question that doctors need to determine whether hydroxychloroquine is an efficacious treatment for adults hospitalized with COVID-19. Does this Original Investigation from JAMA finally provide some clarity to the drug’s use among patients hospitalized with the virus?
Despite a small sample size, a recent trial demonstrated hydroxychloroquine treatment’s effect reinforced by azithromycin is significantly associated with viral load reduction/disappearance in COVID-19 patients.
Hydroxychloroquine is an anti-malarial medication also commonly used by rheumatologists in treating RA and lupus. Can it really be used “in a few days” for COVID-19 patients as well?