The World Health Organization (WHO) warns against the use of hydroxychloroquine in the treatment of COVID-19.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday that hydroxychloroquine should not be used as a test for COVID-19 treatment.
In recent weeks, many countries around the world have highlighted hydroxychloroquine as a viable treatment and a precautionary measure for the deadly coronavirus.
As a treatment, hydroxychloroquine is commonly used to treat osteoarthritis, but following the novel outbreak of coronavirus, many countries, including the United States and Brazil, have suggested the drug to treat even mild COVID-19 cases.
However, following a study in The Lancet, data from the WHO show that COVID-19 patients are more likely to die from drug use.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a WHO chief of the so-called Solidarity Trial, said that several possible therapies for the newness of the coronavirus have been tested in several countries by hundreds of hospitals with suspended drug use.
The management team has implemented a temporary suspension of the hydroxychloroquine arm within the cohesion test, while the Data Protection Monitoring Board reviews the safety data. Other weapons of investigation are continuing, ”Tedros said.
He added; “Both drugs are generally accepted as safe to use in patients with autoimmune diseases or malaria.”
Meanwhile, the Lancet study looked at the records of 96,000 patients at hundreds of hospitals. It was pointed out that both drugs could have serious side effects, especially if no medication was hospitalized with cardiac arrhythmia and COVID-19.
WHO chief scientist Sam Mia Swaminathan said on Monday that the WHO-backed similarity test was looking at the effects of hydroxychloroquine and not chloroquine.
As a result, the decision to suspend registration for tests using hydroxychloroquine is only a temporary measure, and anything can be changed if further tests are done, Sam Mia said.
Meanwhile, as the deadly epidemic continues to impact lives worldwide, scientists around the world are doing their best to produce a vaccine for COVID-19.
Although there is no recognized virus yet, a large number of people around the world have recovered from the virus, and now most countries are trying to remove their lock and return to their normal lifestyle.
However, the World Health Organization warns that if countries fail to comply with measures such as social distance and testing or even prosecution, they must be prepared for the worst in the coming months.
“All countries need to be very cautious,” said WHO expert Maria van Gerkov, “and even countries that have seen a decline in cases should be prepared.”
Maria warned that studies that use antibody tests to determine how many people are affected and that there may be some degree of immunity “indicates that a large part of the population is vulnerable.”
“The virus will have an opportunity to multiply if possible,” she added.