New Delhi: Soon after US President Donald Trump mentioned the name of Hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment for coronavirus, it started trending, though experts are not quite convinced that this anti-malaria drug should be relied upon or not. Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), sold under the brand name Plaquenil among others, is a medication used for the prevention and treatment of certain types of malaria. Also Read - Watch: Punjab Cops Shake A Leg to 'Baari Barsi' to Spread Awareness About Coronavirus
Donald Trump tweeted that the combination of Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin has a real chance to be “one of the biggest game-changers in the history of medicine. Also Read - Coronavirus Crisis: IIT Delhi Makes Their Own Hand Sanitizers After Facing Shortage
Hydroxychloroquine is a common anti-malaria drug which is considered effective to slow infections from the Covid-19, SARS-CoV-2 etc. Azithromycin is an antibiotic. Researchers have claimed that the combination of both can treat coronavirus effectively. Also Read - Students in Hostels Should be Allowed to Stay Put: HRD Ministry to Universities Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
Amid a global race of coming up with a vaccine, it is not clear whether FDA came up with the combination as several reports claimed that a study in France suggested that treating Covid-19 patients with antimalarial medication combined with antibiotics could be useful.
What does Chloroquine do?
Choloquine slows down a virus when it enters the cells. In case of malaria, it helps poison the digestive system of some blood parasites that are spread to humans through infected mosquitoes. But COVID-19 is not a parasite. Still, it will be slowing the spread of the virus, doctors are hopeful.