Malaria drug: Protects hydroxychloroquine in front of the Coronavirus?

Donald Trump praises it as a “gift from God”: according to the US President takes the Malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to protect themselves in the Corona of a pandemic.


The medicine prevents a Corona-infection and also helps against the Sars-CoV-2 induced lung disease Covid-19.


For such efficacy, there is as yet no robust scientific evidence.


Like the closely related chloroquine hydroxy chloroquine is used for the treatment of Malaria and certain autoimmune diseases.

In several studies, there is a potential Benefit will be investigated for this product in Covid-19.

However, the research is not yet advanced enough to be able to a final evaluation.

“There is absolutely no evidence that the prophylactic intake would work,” says virologist Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit.

It studies running at the moment, these have not yielded valid data and also has not yet been independently evaluated scientifically.

The physician conducts research, among other things, at the Bernhard-Nocht-Institute for tropical medicine (medical establishment has treated you) in Hamburg.

Two studies from China and France from the beginning of may with 150 or 180 volunteers found, for example, no influence of hydroxychloroquine on the Covid history.

A US investigation,, with about 370 men of April showed that patients who received the Malaria medication, the mortality rate was significantly higher. However, this is also particularly heavy Covid had shown symptoms.

For Trump the potential benefits of hydroxychloroquine outweigh, according to their own information compared to the risks. The side effects of the drug are Schmidt-Chanasit, according to well-researched.

The U.S. food and Drug administration, FDA, speaks of an increased risk for heart rhythm disorders. The Federal Institute for drugs and medical devices (BfArM) writes, it can also harm certain patients, liver and kidney function, lead to epileptic seizures or low blood sugar levels cause.

“This is not to say that the reverse is, however, that this is a dangerous drug,” says Schmidt-Chanasit. The BfArM warns but before that, the drug without prescription or medical supervision to take.

According to his own statement no side effects were in the case of Trump, which will undoubtedly be closely monitored by his Doctors.

For Schmidt-Chanasit this is quite understandable, should receive the 73-Year-old only low doses of the drug.


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Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa)

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