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Lots of studies of HCQ - none of which use zinc
Howard Richman, 4/12/2020

We will soon know whether HCQ (hydroxychloroquine) works by itself (none include zinc with the HCQ). I just searched clinicaltrials.gov. Eight new studies are testing the effectiveness of HCQ against COVID-19:

  1. Henry Ford Health System. Healthcare workers and first responders will take either HCQ or a placebo as a prophylactic.
  2. Pastier Institute in France. Healthcare workers will take either HCQ or placebo as a phophylactic.
  3. Duke University. Healthcare workers will get HCQ or placebo as a prophylactic.
  4. Gangnam Severance Hospital, South Korea. Those who have been exposed to COVID-19 will get HCQ, others will get no intervention.
  5. Rambam Health Care in Israel. Those with mild to moderate COVID-19 will get HCQ.
  6. Azidus Brazil.  Those who have moderate to severe pneumonia as an after effect of COVID-19 will get HCQ and an antibiotic.
  7. University of Calgary. HCQ or placebo will be given to patients within 96 hours of a positive COVID-19 result.
  8. Instituto de Investigacion Marques de Valdecilla Spain. Patients with COVID 19 will be compared to patients with Immuno-mediated Inflammatory Disease as far as their response to HCQ is concerned.

The top four on that list are the ones with the strongest policy implication. The top three are testing whether HCQ would protect health care workers when used as a prophylactic. (A prophylactic functions almost the same way as a vaccine, except that it has to be taken daily.) The fourth will administer HCQ to people who have been exposed to COVID-19, not to people who have already tested positive for it.

If the top four studies on the list find that HCQ prevents people from getting COVID-19, a daily dose of HCQ could then be prescribed to everybody at risk in order to prevent the disease from spreading whenever it breaks out.

The University of Calgary study is also worth watching. It is the best-constructed study of the eight for determining whether HCQ works as a treatment. I just wish they had included a third group who were getting a combo of HCQ with zinc.

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