Look, I don’t know for sure whether hydroxychloroquine is effective for prevention, early treatment, or late treatment of COVID-19. If you’re interested in the clinical studies regarding this issue, here’s a list of pertinent articles. I have no idea if the articles are comprehensive or cherry-picked. The authors of the list wish to remain anonymous, citing concern about death threats and loss of jobs.
I considered the few clinical studies available in Spring 2020 and was not impressed with the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine. The hospital where I work may not let me prescribe hydroxychloroquine even if I wanted to. I recently admitted a patient who needed the drug for a non-COVID diagnosis and the ordering software would not cooperate, which is very unusual. I had to go through the hospital pharmacist; the patient got the drug.
I do think it’s highly suspicious for politicians and others to second-guess and supersede the judgment of physicians. This, plus censorship and deplatforming by social media companies of folks who don’t toe the line of the authorities, adds fuel to the fire of conspiracy theorists. In my decades of medical pracitce, I’ve never seen anything like it.
We’ve seen enough government screw-ups and lies recently and over the years that you should always question the official narrative.
From the same authors of the first list, here’s their list of ivermectin articles. The also consider zinc, vitamin C, remdesivir, and several other therapies for COVID-19.
Here’s an assignment for an energetic investigative journalist. Find out who’s making money, and how much, on the development and distribution of the coronavirus vaccines.
Steve Parker, M.D.