Hydroxychloroquine is said to be effective in combating those infected with the Wuhan coronavirus. It’s an anti-malarial drug. If successful, and it looks like it is—then this will be a good stopgap until we get a vaccine made. It will also greatly accelerate the timeframe in which all of us can return to our daily routines. This virus doesn’t nearly have the numbers of infected as the seasonal flu, nor does it have the body bag numbers, but we could get there if people do not practice good hygiene, wash their hands, avoid touching their face, and adhere to the social distancing guidelines. The latter is essential to controlling the spread.
Young people are most likely to survive the infection, but they can still get extremely ill and yes, they can still die. Those who are immunocompromised and over the age of 65 are most likely to die if infected, but the recovery rate is also very high. Over 90 percent of those infected are projected to make a recovery, but we still need a vaccine. And hydroxychloroquine has been proven to be successful in fighting infections in France and South Korea.
Rio Giardinieri was infected with the Wuhan virus. It was bad. He was knocking on heaven’s door. He was having trouble breathing. In the ICU, he said goodbye to friends and family and was prepared to die. He wanted to try this drug, which his doctor warned was not fully tested yet. Still, he was given the drug and has now fought off his infection (via Daily Wire):
A 52-year-old man who contracted the coronavirus and said he spent days in the ICU unable to breathe said good-bye to his wife and children on Friday night as he prepared to die. Then a friend sent Rio Giardinieri news of the drug hydroxychloroquine working on coronavirus patients, prompting Giardinieri to contact an infectious disease doctor who warned him it was still incompletely tested, but acceded to his request and prescribed it for him.
As Fox 10 Phoenix reports, Giardinieri is the “vice-president of a company that manufactures cooking equipment at high-end restaurants in LA and around the world.” Giardinieri told the station he had a fever for five days, terrible back pain, headache, cough, and tiredness, and was sleeping roughly 15 hours a day instead of his usual five hours.
Giardinieri said his doctors did not want to see him; he said he traveled to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Florida, where he nearly passed out before he was diagnosed with pneumonia and coronavirus. He stated he spent a week in the ICU where he still had trouble breathing.
Giardinieri said that within an hour after the IV pumped the medicine into his system, his heart felt like it was beating out of his chest. He recalled, “They had to come in and get me calmed down and take care of me. I had another episode about two hours later where I just got to the point where I couldn’t breathe and my heart was pounding again, so they gave me some Benadryl through the system and something else. I’m not sure what it was. It allowed me to go to sleep and when I woke up at exactly 4:45 in the morning, I woke up like nothing ever happened.”
Giardinieri, who took another three doses of the medicine on Saturday, concluded, “To me, there was no doubt in mind that I wouldn’t make it until morning.
Vice President Pence announced today that the FDA has approved hydroxychloroquine for “off-label” use (via Fox News):
Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday that “the FDA [Food and Drug Administration] is approving off-label use for the [anti-malarial drug] hydroxychloroquine right now" to help coronavirus patients.
Pence made the comment during Fox News’ virtual coronavirus town hall in response to a question from Dr. Mehmet Oz about the drug, which has shown encouraging signs in small, early tests. A similar drug, Chloroquine has also showed positive signs.
Dr. Oz noted that “the FDA appropriately desires randomized critical trials for proof to guide the medical community,” but asked the vice president how the clinical trials can be accelerated “while also satisfying the demand from physicians, front-line doctors, who want to use these pills for their patients and themselves?”
In response, Pence said, “The good news is, the chloroquine medication, we actually deployed in the state of New York resources to be able to be administered to the people.”
“Doctors can prescribe that medication, which as you know is a perfectly legal and approved malaria medication," Pence told Dr. Oz, "but doctors can now prescribe chloroquine for that off-label purpose of dealing with the symptoms of coronavirus. We are making that clear across the country."
We’re at war with the Wuhan virus. And we’ll win it. But folks really need to adhere to the social distancing. An infected person spreads this to two-to-three other people on average, whereas the flu is a one-to-one transmission. Stay inside, watch some movies, work from home, etc. we need to contain this first before we can start killing this thing off.
And no, DO NOT ingest chloroquine phosphate. that is an entirely different drug. it's a fish tank cleaner, aimed at curbing parasitic infections in fish. it will kill you. A couple in Arizona ingested some, which killed the husband and left the wife in critical condition. Of course, the media blamed President Trump because they're hoping these drugs fail and more people die, which increases chances that Trump gets defeated in November. That's our liberal media, folks--corrupt, stupid, and totally unhinged.