The controversial therapeutic drug Hydroxycholorquine (HCQ) is becoming the focal point once again. Vaccine efforts are still underway but more and more attention is being placed on an anti-viral therapeutic used since the 1950s. The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, tested positive for coronavirus and recovered quickly while taking the drug. He enthusiastically posted video of himself taking his dosage and later another video holding a packet overhead for a large cheering crowd.
The Brazilian President’s focus on HCQ is to stand up to critics who continuously downplay its effectiveness against the Chinese coronavirus. Numerous countries and states have banned or restricted it, while some others have embraced it or lightly experimented. The disparity of adoption grants a unique perspective of results by comparing how each country or territory fared.
Studies on the drugs effectiveness go back more than 50 years. The FDA first approved it in 1955 after one of it’s derivative of chemicals was discovered by Hans Andersag while he worked for Bayer in Germany. The family of drugs is effective against lupus, tumors, and various kinds of viral infections. The exact mechanism of the drug is not completely understood, but it’s presumed to somehow protect DNA by bonding with it.
After months of bashing hydroxychloroquine as untested, dangerous, and criticizing the President for taking it, much of the mainstream media has avoided talking about the drug lately. A new study released by the Henry Ford Foundation in Michigan shows the anti-viral drug can be quite helpful if taken during the early stages of a viral infection.
- 2,541 Patients Participated in the Study with an average hospital stay of 6 days.
- 26.4% crude mortality rate for those getting neither drug
- 22.4% crude mortality rate for those getting azithromycin alone
- 20.1% crude mortality rate for those getting hydroxychloroquine + azithromycin
- 18.1% crude mortality rate for the entire group
- 13.5% crude mortality rate for those getting hydroxychloroquine alone
The full study was published in the International Journal of Infections Diseases.
As the debate about returning the school turns into a full on fight, questions about what’s really going on with the virus numbers are beginning to get more serious. The public gave great leeway to experts’ warnings. Almost every state or city had some degree of lockdown or mask order put into effect. Weeks turned into months and despite great effort, the experts kept pressing for more closures.
Various anecdotal reports of questionable reporting practices and genuine failures paint a broader picture of intentional inflation. Dozens of clinics in Florida have submitted numbers that were 100% positive. Colorado has revised numbers down, sometimes as much as 25% at a time. Other states have been caught reporting the same case multiple times.
Various Governors have also been called out on policies that placed positive cases into nursing homes. Mixing a dangerous viral disease with then country’s most sensitive population is insanity. Temporary hospitals sat empty while the policy exposed many elderly and caused thousands of unnecessary deaths. Decisions to place the most infections with the highest risk demographic could be considered negligent homicide. A prosecutor could rightly ask, why a single positive case went to a nursing home while field hospitals sat empty.