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Anti-malarial drugs not effective to treat COVID-19

Despite Trump’s praisehealth experts have discouraged people not to use anti-malarial drugs as a treatment for COVID-19. 

Studies have shown that anti-malarial (hydroxychloroquine) is not an effective treatment for it comes with serious side effects. The drug can cause heart arrhythmias and puts people who take antidepressants at risk of heart problemsClinical tests of the drug resulted in some patients who died while others went to the ICU. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says that more research needs to be done to “show it is truly safe and effective under the conditions of Covid-19.” 

Furthermore, people have been panic buying the drugwhich leaves a shortage for those who need it to treat lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. These people no longer have access to the medication that helps them live their daily lives. Thus, causing unnecessary problems and possible deaths. 

Although the situation continues to be severe, everyone needs to follow the CDC guidelines. These guidelines consist of the following: washing your hands, wearing a mask, and social distancing. Experts say that if we follow these guidelines, it will help slow the spread of the virus and give researchers time to find an effective treatment.      

By Allan Salvador
Ka Lā staff writer


Sources:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/23/health/chloroquine-hydroxycholoroquine-drugs-explained/index.html 

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/23/health/chloroquine-hydroxycholoroquine-drugs-explained/index.html 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/05/us/politics/trump-hydroxychloroquine-coronavirus.html 

https://www.sciencealert.com/small-trial-found-antimalarial-is-not-effective-for-treating-coronavirus 

 

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