A new study suggests that an old malarial drug can help fight the coronavirus

A 50-year drug named Hydroxychloroquine, which was used to treat malaria seems promising to fight COVID-19. This becomes very effective when this drug is combined with an antibiotic, says a new study. The drug sold under the name of Plaquenil has proven to be effective against the killing monster in laboratory trials reported in Forbes on March 9 in Clinical Infections Disease journal.

Hydroxychloroquine was primarily used to treat malaria in people who are sensitive to Chloroquine. Since Chloroquine was already used in treating COVID-19, scientists wanted to know the efficiency of Hydroxychloroquine against the disease. This is because Hydroxychloroquine has a higher margin of safety when compared to Chloroquine. Therefore, scientists kept their laboratory trials to evaluate efficiency, thereby determining the dose. On evaluation, it was found that the drug is found to be more potent than Chloroquine against COVID-19 at a dose of 400mg per day. The potency was three times more when compared to the dose of 500 mg of Chloroquine given twice daily.

The trial

After this, a French physician has completed a large successful clinical trial in treating the affected patients with COVID-19. The study published on Wednesday states that a total of 36 patients took part in the study. Of which 20 were treated individuals, and 16 were controls. The treated group took 600mg of Plaquenil each day. Surprisingly, 50 percent of the patients tested negative for the virus by the third day, and on the sixth day, the number raised to about 70 percent. Of these, 20 six were treated with both Plaquenil and azithromycin. Of which five turned out to be negative by day three and all six to be negative by day six. Although the study population is very small, it revealed to us that there was a significant reduction in viral load on treating with Hydroxychloroquine, and the treatment was greatly effective when azithromycin was added to it.

Join our writing team and develop your writing skills, as you see your articles featured on Apple NewsGoogle News, and all around the worldSubscribe to our newsletter, What Just Happened, where we dive deep into the hottest topics from the week!

Source: NYPost

More from Coronavirus – News Landed

+ What it’s like to be a UK student in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic

Amazon making major profits amid the economic impact of coronavirus pandemic

California schools might remain closed for the school year, Gov. Newsom says

COVID-19 vaccine begins human trials

Popular Stories – News Landed

Who opened this burial chamber, and who stole the mummy?

Is Earth being bombarded by sub-relativistic meteors? A study says yes.

Comment Below

Featured Stories

COVID-19: Analysis and criticism of data reported by the CDC [Opinion]

Criticism of the figures showing reported cases and deaths due to COVID-19 is rampant in the media...

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande release epic ‘Rain On Me’ music video

The world-famous superstars Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga release their new official video for the song "Rain...

Latest Stories

Kristen Stewart: Facts about the Twilight actress you might not know

1. She comes from a movie-based family. Her mother Jules is a script supervisor...

WHO halts COVID-19 drug hydroxychloroquine trial for safety review

WHO started its drug trial with antimalarial and antiviral drugs in a way to combat the pandemic....

WWE Monday night Raw (May 25) results

"What's the metronome I hear, perhaps the end is drawing near, you never hear the shot that...

Subscribe

Related Stories

WHO halts COVID-19 drug hydroxychloroquine trial for safety review

WHO started its drug trial with antimalarial and antiviral drugs in a way to combat the pandemic....

California announces places of worship can begin reopening

Donald Trump has deemed places of worship essential for the country's recovery. Hence, the governor of California...