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.
I just (31 March 2020) got this bulletin from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, jointly with the Alberta College of Pharmacists.
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.
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.