IS HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE AND AZITHROMYCIN THE POSSIBLE CURE FOR COVID-19?

It is quite unfortunate that Corona virus (COVID-19) have put the world in an absolute pause due to the way the virus spreads rapidly since the outbreak began. It is unexpected and new, causing a sense of loss of control and death cases globally.

COVID-19 caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Corona virus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is an infectious disease that was first discovered in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei province. The transmission of the virus is via respiratory droplet from cough and sneezes within a range of about 1.8 meters (6ft) and of course indirect contacts through contaminated surfaces. The virus can survive on surfaces for 72 hours. COVID-19 symptoms are; Cough, Sore throat, Shortness of breath, Fever, Runny nose, Headache, Fatigue, Muscle aches, unexplained loss of taste or smell, Diarrhea. Although, infected patients can also be asymptomatic, meaning they do not display any symptoms despite having the virus in their systems. The disease can cause severe respiratory problems such as pneumonia in both lungs, kidney failure, and eventually lead to death.

Treatment for COVID-19

Sadly, there is no vaccine available yet to prevent infection of COVID-19.  

Hydroxychloroquine, with a brand name Plaquenil, is an antimalaria drugs, it is also used to treat systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and rheumatoid arthritis.

Side effects of Hydroxychloroquine

This includes;

  • Headaches
  • Itching
  • Stomach upset
  • Weakness
  • Hair lightening or Loss
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle pain
  • Rash
  • Irritability

Hydroxychloroquine can effectively treat disease manifestations, such as joint pain and rashes, reduce thrombotic events; and prolong survival.  

Unfortunately, hydroxychloroquine cannot possibly treat infected COVID-19 patients due to the severity of its side effects.

Basically, when a virus enters the body, it infects cells, and triggers the cells to replicate, thereby making exact copies of the virus. However, replicate into copies of corona virus.

Whereas Azithromycin is an antibacterial drugs that is used to treat bacterial infections such as Pneumonia, Traveler’s diarrhea, Strep throat, Middle ear infections(Otitis media), sinusitis and of course can be used to treat sexually transmitted infections, such as Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia.

Side effects of Azithromycin

This includes;

  • Vomiting
  • Allergic reaction such as anaphylaxis
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain

Can hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin fight against COVID-19?

The combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin can only prevent patients with symptoms of pneumonia and shortness of breath from progressing further in their illness.

Secondly, azithromycin can help reduce the over reaction of the immune system induced by virus once it enters and activates the immune system.

Although, there is not enough medical data to prove that combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin can fight against COVID-19 yet except to relieve symptoms.

In the mean time in order to be safe we need to stick to the preventive measures;

  • Regular washing of hands with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Sanitize your hand with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow when you cough or sneeze. Or used a tissue paper when you cough or sneeze, discard immediately in a trash bin after use.
  • Practice social distancing, keep a distance of 6ft between yourself and others.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect touched surfaces frequently such as tables, light switches, chairs, phones, doorknobs.
  • Wear a face mask in the public.

13 thoughts on “IS HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE AND AZITHROMYCIN THE POSSIBLE CURE FOR COVID-19?”

  1. Nii Sodja says:

    Such an educative piece there. Content worth sharing during the outspread of this pandemic. #StayHome & #Besafe y

    1. admin says:

      Thank you Sir

  2. Allbright says:

    Very informing. The public should be careful not to abuse the use of chloroquine. If you feel any of the above symptoms, call a doctor or better still NCDC

  3. Zackz says:

    I love this kay,Nice piece n quiet educating

  4. JI says:

    Wow thanks so much for enlightening the world..🙏

    1. admin says:

      You are welcome

  5. Dr. Jane Obi-Thomas says:

    Interesting piece dear. There are 5 drugs combo that are being used interchangeablyp or in combination. All hope are on Scientists who are working round the clock to save mankind. With the progress being made in that angle, this pandemic will be a thing of the past.

    1. admin says:

      Thanks Ma

  6. Priye says:

    This is a wonderful piece

    1. admin says:

      You’re welcome

  7. Clement Precious says:

    Nice piece. The best cure is prevention.

  8. suzy says:

    this is insightful…

  9. Ik says:

    I got that Chloroquine and azithromycin have not been proven to cure COVID-19; and that while awaiting the cure for COVID-19, we should stay safe by practicing social distancing of two metters, good personal hygiene such as washing of hands, wearing of personal protective equipment such as nose mask, and calling on the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) where even we have any symptoms of COVID-19 such as dry cough and difficulty in breathing.

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