Chloroquine Linked to Higher Risk of Death in Patients with COVID-19

The largest study, led by researchers at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, US, finds that chloroquine, an antimalarial drug, not only does not help patients hospitalized with the coronavirus but, on the contrary, is associated with heart complications and an increased risk of death.Chloroquine Linked to Higher Risk of Death in Patients with COVID-19

For the study, the researchers analyzed the hospital outcomes of 96,032 hospitalized patients from 671 hospitals around the world, 14,888 of whom received some form of the antimalarial treatments chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine during the 4-month course.

The study authors not only couldn't find a benefit in people who were given the treatments compared with those patients who didn't receive any of the combinations, but they found an increased frequency in abnormal heartbeats in those who received the medications.

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