Study Finds Hydroxychloroquine Raises Risk of Death by 33-45%

Hydroxychloroquine has been a hot topic of conversation for months. Donald Trump touted the drug as a potential game changer for the treatment of COVID-19. The anti-malarial medicine was also relentlessly touted by Fox News anchors like Laura Ingraham.

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Despite multiple Doctor’s warning that the drug may not be safe, the President recently admitted to taking it to protect against coronavirus. Those doctor’s fears were somewhat realized in a new study that showed COVID patients taking the drug saw their chance of death increase by 35-45%.

Harvard epidemiologist Eric Feigl-Ding posted the results of a study of 96,000 COVID-19 patients at 671 different hospitals.

Dr. Fiegl-Ding notes that the drug, “Increased the risk of death by 33-45% and increased the risk of ventricular arrhythmia by 2.3 to 5 times.”

David Maron from Stanford University said of the study, “These findings provide absolutely no reason for optimism that these drugs might be useful in the prevention or treatment of covid-19.”

And Dr. Eric Topol from the Scripps Research Institute commented, “It’s one thing not to have benefit, but this shows distinct harm. If there was ever hope for this drug, this is the death of it.”

Despite a number of troubling studies, Donald Trump has remained defiant in regard to his use of the drug. His Doctor, Sean Conley, said in a statement, “After numerous discussions, he and I had regarding the evidence for and against the use of hydroxychloroquine, we concluded the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks.”

The White House has yet to comment on this latest study.



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