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Detroit hospital system starts test of HCQ as Prophylactic
Howard Richman, 4/9/2020

President Trump isn't the only one who is bypassing the Washington bureaucracy in an attempt to find a solution to COVID-19. The Henry Ford Health System in Detroit has announced the WHIP COVID-19 study to find out whether HCQ (hydroxychloroquine) works as a prophylactic. They are now asking for volunteers among healthcare workers and first responders, people who are likely to come into contact with those who are sick from the virus. It will be a randomized, double blinded study, and the first results will become available about 4 weeks after the experiment begins -- probably around June 1. 

They started the study in response to a request from Detroit's mayor and local health care experts, according to their April 2 press release:

The study of hydroxychloroquine used prophylactically could begin as early as next week, after a plea to the federal government by Detroit Mayor Michael Duggan and Metro Detroit healthcare experts.

This is huge news! The healthcare community in Detroit is not willing to wait for the slow-moving healthcare bureaucrats in Washington  to come up with a treatment and/or a vaccine.  If they find that HCQ works as a prophylactic, that shows that it also works as a treatment. Moreover, it can be prescribed to everybody at risk who can take it daily so that they won't get COVID-19. 

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