Hydroxychloroquine is Bad for COVID-19 Patients According to Peer Reviewed Study in The Lancet

More good news for Trump and the Trumpists. Apparently, hydroxychloroquine, when given to COVID-19 patients, does not help, and actually increases the risk of death in those patients.

A peer reviewed study in The Lancet, a highly respected medical journal, came to that conclusion after studying 15,000 patients who had COVID-19 and were treated with Hydroxychloroquine, or Chloroquine, or one of those two drugs with antibiotics as well.

From the CNN article on the findings in The Lancet peer reviewed study:

Researchers analyzed data from more than 96,000 patients with confirmed Covid-19 from 671 hospitals. All were hospitalized from late December to mid-April, and had died or been discharged by April 21.

Just below 15,000 patients were treated with the antimalarial drugs hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, or one of those drugs combined with an antibiotic.

All four of those treatments were linked with a higher risk of dying in the hospital. About 1 in 11 patients in the control group died in the hospital. About 1 in 6 patients treated with chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine alone died in the hospital. About 1 in 5 treated with chloroquine and an antibiotic died and almost 1 in 4 treated with hydroxychloroquine and an antibiotic died.

Researchers also found that serious cardiac arrhythmias were more common among patients receiving any of the four treatments. The largest increase was among the group treated with hydroxychloroquine and an antibiotic; 8% of those patients developed a heart arrhythmia, compared with 0.3% of patients in the control group.


Apparently this news may be too late for the United States Veterans' Administration, which has treated at least 1,300 veterans with Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19, according to an article in The Hill today.


Oh well, what is a few more dead veterans, anyway. They were probably all pretty old, and as the Cult Leader said, about to die.
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