Can Hydroxychloroquine prevent coronavirus?
June 08, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

Can Hydroxychloroquine prevent coronavirus?

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Hydroxychloroquine is a medicinal drug used in the treatment of malaria. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, claims were made that using this drug could prevent people from catching the virus. It cannot be completely denied since the drug has anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. Initially, the drug showed promising results which were later looked at in detail. After that, it was claimed that it had no benefits in relation to preventing the virus. 

Studies were carried out to see the effects of using the drug against the virus. People who had used the drug faced a higher death risk than those who didn’t. Moreover, cardiovascular problems were seen in those using it, which caused further complications. Using the drug by itself without a prescription is not advised at all. However, tests are still being carried out to see whether the drug could be suitable for either pre-exposure or post-exposure to the virus.

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Farah Jassawalla

Farah Jassawalla is a graduate of the Lahore School of Economics. She is also a writer, and healthcare enthusiast, having closely observed case studies while working with Lahore's thriving general physicians at their clinics.