The President of the United States, Donald Trump made the anti-malarial drug an official treatment for Coronavirus patients. The president pushed it as a treatment throughout the country and tried to gather more supplies from India. But it looks like the drug backfired on the President. Because hydroxychloroquine is now posing a greater risk of death due to a rise in heart problems. The drug messes with the heart rhythm of a patient, which is dangerous for coronavirus patients.
Dr. Mandeep Mehra, a Cardiologist at Brighton and Women’s Hospital in Brighton, says “The drug does not provide any benefit, however it surely shows a signal of consistent harm”. The research shows that the death rate for people taking the drugs is 13% to a mere 9% of people not taking the drugs. Moreover, the patient may even start having heart rhythm problems even if they are cured of Coronavirus.
“For those receiving hydroxychloroquine and an antibiotic — the cocktail endorsed by Trump — there was a 45 percent increased risk of death and a 411 percent increased risk of serious heart arrhythmias.” https://t.co/eo9RRHBoLS
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) May 24, 2020
Hydroxychloroquine: The Silent Killer
According to the research studies conducted by NIH the anti-malarial drug has the potential to become the standard therapy for all Coronavirus patients. The medicine helps specifically those who are in more serious condition and need supplementary oxygen. As of now, the drug is being used as emergency medicine. But a few cases and research later, the drug shows a new story.
Hydroxychloroquine may help yo cure Coronavirus, but it will lead you closer to death than the disease itself. This is because the drug actually affects your cardiac rhythm which leads to many complications in your heart. In a survey conducted by the hospital, almost 8% of the people who took hydroxychloroquine as a treatment ended up dead, as compared to the 0.3% of the people who died without taking the drug.
FDA warns about the use of hydroxychloroquine as a medicine in the treatment of COVID-19. Let us know what you think about this anti-malarial drug in the comments section below!
Suryapratim Ray is an engineer, author, robotics hobbyist, and an active Quoran. Being a technical blogger, he covers the good, bad, and ugly of science on a regular basis at Sciencenews18. In addition to his passion for writing, he’s equally keen on learning classical music.