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originally posted by: hopenotfeariswhatweneed
a reply to: tanstaafl
4 more years of trump gaffes will give me something to laugh about,
The study, the first randomized, placebo-controlled trial, which is considered the “gold standard” in science, looked at 821 people in the United States and Canada who had been exposed to the coronavirus.
The researchers, led by Dr. David Boulware, an infectious disease researcher at the University of Minnesota, said the drug was given to 414 people for five days while 407 got a placebo. Nearly 80% of the patients reported a high-risk exposure to a confirmed Covid-19 contact.
About 12% of the people who were given the malaria drug developed Covid-19, compared with 14% who did not receive the drug, according to the study’s findings, which included health-care workers and people close to those with Covid-19. They said side effects were more common with those who took hydroxychloroquine, but there were no “serious” adverse reactions. Results were no different for those using zinc and vitamin C, the researchers said.
No deaths were reported. About three-quarters of the patients had no underlying health conditions, according to the study, while the rest had reported hypertension, asthma or diabetes.