Hydroxychloroquine and conspiracy

Social media is one again a-twitter (pun intended) over hydroxychloroquine as a supposed COVID-19 therapy that is (for some reason) being suppressed by a variety of evil actors: physicians, Big Pharma, Anthony Fauci, etc.

This is a modest effort to explain why these arguments don’t make sense, or are misleading.

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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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