Have the French cured COVID-19? Not so fast

There has recently been suggestion that a combination of two medications (azithromycin, a macrolide antibiotic) and hydroxychloroquine (a drug which targets malaria parasites, and which is also used in rheumatic disease like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus) may help COVID-19.

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Avoid anti-inflammatories in COVID-19

Addendum: The WHO is no longer recommending against NSAIDS. My view is, if you can avoid them, great. If you need them for other reasons, they’re probably reasonable.

French doctors noticed that some people with COVID-19 seem to have done worse if treated with NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).

This isn’t by any means the strongest type of evidence (it’s called a ‘case study’ or ‘case series‘) but the worry has a plausible rationale.

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