Antimalarial Medications: A COVID-19 Treatment Option?

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  • A small but positive study in France showed those treated with the antimalarial drug chloroquine experienced rapid recovery. It also reduced the time they were contagious
  • The drug appears to act as a zinc ionophore, which allows more zinc into your cells where it may help promote the death of the virus. However, it also has potentially deadly side effects
  • Bayer told the U.S. Food and Drug Administration it would donate 3 million tablets of an antimalaria drug discovered in 1934, which is currently used in Europe but not approved for use in the U.S.
  • Data analysis finds the spread of COVID-19 was primarily through many undiagnosed cases, underscoring the need for testing and isolation
  • A recent article highlights the ability of several nutraceuticals, such as zinc, NAC and quercetin, to help prevent COVID-19 infection

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