There were more deaths among those given hydroxychloroquine – a malaria drug widely touted by President Donald Trump for treating the coronavirus – than those who received standard care, according to new research.
While the nationwide study was not a rigorous experiment, according to the Associated Press, it was still the largest look so far of hydroxychloroquine "with or without the antibiotic azithromycin for COVID-19" in 368 virus patients.
Researchers analysed medical records of male veterans hospitalised with coronavirus infection, who died or were discharged by April 11.
About 28 per cent who were given hydroxychloroquine and usual care died, versus 11 per cent of those getting routine care alone, the study found.
Researchers did not track side effects, but "noted hints that #hydroxychloroquine might have damaged other organs."… https://t.co/ekDjk349d1
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