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COVID-19: Hydroxychloroquine, Fails to Prevent Covid-19, Says Scientists

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Hydroxychloroquine, a drug which was advertised by Donald Trump, US President as a preventive drug for Covid-19 was proved ineffective in a study.

The study lead by Dr. David Boulware, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Minnesota involved 821 people in the United States and Canada living with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 or at high risk of getting it because of their job ― doctors, nurses, ambulance workers who had significant exposure to a sick patient while not wearing full protective gear.

They were assigned randomly to receive either hydroxychloroquine or placebo within four days of their exposure. After 14 days, 12% on the drug developed COVID-19 symptoms versus 14% in the placebo group.

“There’s basically no effect. It does not prevent infection,” Dr. David said. “We were disappointed. We would have liked for this to work,” he said. “But our objective was to answer the question and to conduct a high-quality study,” because the evidence on the drug so far has been inconclusive, he said.

The results of the study was published on Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine.

Alexandra Ejiofor
Writer, PapercodePost

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