French expert says second study shows malaria drug helps fight coronavirus - (Business Standard via NewsPoints Desk)

  • According to researcher Didier Raoult, a new study has shown that four out of five people with COVID-19 who were treated with chloroquine had "favourable" outcomes, as reported Sunday in Business Standard.

  • Results showed that 65 of the 80 patients treated improved and were discharged from hospital in an average of less than five days, while one patient aged 74 was still in intensive care and another aged 86 died.

  • Raoult previously reported that after treating 24 patients for six days with hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic azithromycin, the coronavirus disappeared in all but a quarter of them.

  • However the work has not yet been peer reviewed nor formally published in a medical journal, and other scientists have criticised the studies as purely "observational."

  • Philippe Gautret, who was part of the team behind Raoult's latest findings, admitted that they only used the combination of drugs on "patients who had not been showing signs of being seriously ill after admission" to the hospital.

  • "Our strategy was precisely to treat them at that stage to stop the disease getting to a more serious stage," he said.

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