Did This Scientist Develop a Cure for COVID-19?

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  • A biotech company called Distributed Bio claims to have developed an antibody therapy against COVID-19. The drug will be tested for efficacy by the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases
  • Two older drugs now being used against COVID-19 are the malaria medications chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine. The U.S. FDA is allowing chloroquine to be used off-label against COVID-19
  • A small but positive study in France showed COVID-19 patients treated with chloroquine experienced rapid recovery. It also reduced the time they were contagious
  • Chloroquine 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
  • Both chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine have the side effect of elongating your electrocardiogram QT wave. This means the electrical activity in the heart is altered, which can lead to seizure, fainting and sudden death

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