Chloroquine causes poisoning in 3 Nigerians, warning issued

The drug will be only given to asymptomatic healthcare workers who are involved in the treatment of suspected or confirmed patients of Covid-19, and household contacts who are looking after people who tested positive. The staff finally recognized 24 medication permitted by the Meals and Drug Administration to deal with such seemingly unrelated illnesses as most cancers, Parkinson's illness and hypertension.

Microbiologist Sir Chris Evans (pictured above) estimates there are more than 1,000 research projects being carried out globally into Covid-19 treatment -many promising. Whether the results can be replicated in a larger controlled study remain to be seen.

Investigators also found candidates among compounds that are now in clinical trials or that are the subject of early research.

Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said on Friday that there's no definitive proof that chloroquine, an anti-malaria drug, works against the CCP virus. Hydroxychloroquine is a less-toxic derivative of chloroquine - malaria drug-related to quinine, a bitter alkaloid extracted from chinchona bark. He added, "The drug won't kill anybody even though it is a very powerful one".

Chloroquine treats malaria by killing off the single-cell parasite that causes the disease.

According to reports, chloroquine interferes with the virus' ability to replicate in two ways - it alters the pH levels of the endosomes, compartments that the virus enters, and prevents the virus from plugging into the ACE2 receptors.

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Coronavirus: Don't take Nurofen, ibuprofen, World Health Organization warns
The concept sparked widespread rumors that painkillers such as ibuprofen and aspirin quicken the effects of the virus. Even before the pandemic, French officials warned of "serious complications" linked to the use of ibuprofen .

Conversely, when preliminary scientific evidence suggests the drug chloroquine provides a therapeutic benefit to people with the coronavirus, the media demands certainty and casts Trump as a snake oil salesman seeking to scam a scared populace with false promises of a cure. "Chloroquine is still in a testing phase in combination with other medication and not yet verified as a preventive treatment or curative option".

The FDA, however, has made it clear that the drug has not been approved yet for treating those infected with Covid-19.

The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party's coverup and mishandling allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic. "More tests per capita than China or South Korea".

All in all, more than 20 COVID-19 studies in China used chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine, World Health Organization notes, but their results have been hard to come by.

Clinical trials are, however, still ongoing.

The Lagos State Health Ministry issued a brief statement saying there was no "hard evidence that chloroquine is effective in prevention or management of coronavirus infection".

"I had a word with my microbiologist but we are right now not in a position to authenticate or support this entire thought process of using hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin on COVID-19 patients".

The drug has been experimented upon by doctors in China, the United States and others on Covid-19 patients, but sufficient clinical evidence is still not present about its effectiveness in humans.

  • Sonia Alvarado