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Dr. Didier Raoult, PhD, MD and his team had shown in a preliminary trial involving 36 COVID-19 patients that 100% of patients that received a combination of the two anti-malaria drugs tested negative and were virologically cured within 6 days of treatment. Link.
On Friday, March 27, Prof. Didier Raoult and his team published results of their new study. The study was supported by the Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire (IHU) Mediterranee Infection. The new observational study had a larger sample size of 80 COVID-19 patients. The objective of the study was to find an effective treatment to cure COVID-19 patients and to decrease the virus carriage duration.
The 80 patients received a combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin. The team found clinical improvement in all but one 86 year-old patient who died, and one 74-year old patient who was still in the intensive care unit. The team also found that by administering hydroxychloroquine combined with azithromycin, they were able to observe an improvement in all cases, except in one patient who arrived with an advanced form, who was over the age of 86, and in whom the evolution was irreversible, according to a new paper published today in IHU Mediterranee Infection.
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Google Translation: Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin is an effective treatment for # Covid_19fr, As you can see, the results are spectacular on D + 6 with a very significant drop in viral load. Bravo Pr #Raoult.
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"In conclusion, we confirm the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine associated with azithromycin in the treatment of COVID-19 and its potential effectiveness in the early impairment of contagiousness. Given the urgent therapeutic need to manage this disease with effective and safe drugs and given the negligible cost of both hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin, we believe that other teams should urgently evaluate this therapeutic strategy both to avoid the spread of the disease and to treat patients before severe irreversible respiratory complications take hold," the team concluded.