15. COVID-19: Is There a Case for Hydroxychloroquine

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By Rob Orman and MD. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.
The short answer is not at the moment, but that hasn't stopped the debate (and surprising culture war) from raging about this drug. A recent opinion piece in Newsweek with the damning title "The Key to Defeating COVID-19 Already Exists. We Need to Start Using It" written by Yale epidemiology professor Harvey A. Risch, MD, PhD, suggests that we are missing the boat by not widely using hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and tens of thousands of patients are dying because of it. In addition, he poses that the evidence is clear and the FDA, NIH and others are in effect denying the proof of drug efficacy. What is the data to support these claims?
We discuss:
  • Evidence supporting use of HCQ
  • Evidence against using HCQ
  • Why wearing a mask with your nose out is like wearing your underwear with, well, not everything covered
  • More

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