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Yale Professor of Epidemiology Says The Key to Defeating COVID-19 is Hydroxychloroquine

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Ridgewood NJ, According to Dr. Harvey Risch is Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Yale School of Public Health and Yale School of Medicine the Key to defeating COVID-19 already exists it’s hydroxychloroquine .

Dr. Harvey Risch is Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Yale School of Public Health and Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Risch received his MD degree from the University of California San Diego and PhD from the University of Chicago. After serving as a postdoctoral fellow in epidemiology at the University of Washington, Dr. Risch was a faculty member in epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Toronto before coming to Yale. Dr. Risch’s research interests are in the areas of cancer etiology, prevention and early diagnosis, and in epidemiologic methods. He is especially interested in the effects of reproductive factors, diet, genetic predisposition, histopathologic factors, occupational/environmental/medication exposures, infection and immune functioning in cancer etiology. His major research projects have included studies of ovarian cancer, pancreas cancer, lung cancer, bladder cancer, esophageal and stomach cancer, and of cancers related to usage of oral contraceptives and noncontraceptive estrogens. Dr. Risch is Associate Editor of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Editor of the International Journal of Cancer, and Member of the Board of Editors, the American Journal of Epidemiology. Dr. Risch is an author of more than 325 original research publications in the medical literature, has an h-index of 88, and is a Member of the Connecticut Academy of Sciences and Engineering.

The Yale  professor argued in a Newsweek op-ed this week that “the data fully support” the wide use of hydroxychloroquine as an effective treatment of COVID-19.

Saying ,”When this inexpensive oral medication is given very early in the course of illness, before the virus has had time to multiply beyond control, it has shown to be highly effective”

Hydroxychloroquine has been the subject of a bitter and protracted political argument for the past several months, after President Trump in mid-March said the drug was showing promising effects in treating COVID-19. Media outlets and commentators shortly thereafter began touting numerous stories of the drug’s alleged fatal dangers as well as its reported ineffectiveness in treating the disease.

Risch argues that multiple studies over the past several months have demonstrated that the drug is a safe and efficacious treatment method for COVID-19.

Among the successful treatment experiments, he writes, are “an additional 400 high-risk patients treated by Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, with zero deaths; four studies totaling almost 500 high-risk patients treated in nursing homes and clinics across the U.S., with no deaths; a controlled trial of more than 700 high-risk patients in Brazil, with significantly reduced risk of hospitalization and two deaths among 334 patients treated with hydroxychloroquine; and another study of 398 matched patients in France, also with significantly reduced hospitalization risk.”

Risch says the drug is most effective “when given very early in the course of illness, before the virus has had time to multiply beyond control.”

15 thoughts on “Yale Professor of Epidemiology Says The Key to Defeating COVID-19 is Hydroxychloroquine

  1. Why are Americans so stupid? 4.2+ million infections and 150K dead, not to mention obvious protocols on how to reduce the spread from every other developed country, and yet you’re still focusing on some unproven theory no other country talks about… and complaining about masks. At least we know Darwin’s theory is valid!

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  2. Large peer reviewed study just released in Brazil found zero benefit from hydroxychloroquin. ZERO.

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    1. Researchers at the Henry Ford Health System in Southeast Michigan have found that early administration of hydroxychloroquine makes hospitalized patients substantially less likely to die.

      The study, published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, determined that hydroxychloroquine provided a “66 percent hazard ratio reduction,” and hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin a 71 percent reduction, compared with neither treatment.

      In-hospital mortality was 18.1 percent overall; 13.5 percent with just hydroxychloroquine, 22.4 percent with azithromycin alone, and 26.4 percent with neither drug. “Prospective trials are needed” for further review, the researchers note, even as they concluded: “In this multi-hospital assessment, when controlling for COVID-19 risk factors, treatment with hydroxychloroquine alone and in combination with azithromycin was associated with reduction in COVID-19 associated mortality.”

      “Our results do differ from some other studies,” Dr. Marcus Zervos, who heads the hospital’s infectious diseases unit, said at a news conference. “What we think was important in ours … is that patients were treated early. For hydroxychloroquine to have a benefit, it needs to begin before the patients begin to suffer some of the severe immune reactions that patients can have with COVID.”

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  3. Because Pres Trump suggested it could be useful against the chinese virus, the lamestream fake news is against it.

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  4. Where is the study of people who have been taking Hydroxychloroquine for years because of their Arthritis or other conditions? How many of those people got sick from COVID? I know a few people in that group that are in VERY high exposure situations, and none of them got sick. There has to be something to it.

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  5. This drug is hated because President Trump talked about it and said it could be useful therefore anything Trump says everybody is going to poo poo

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  6. Well let’s give it a try. Well we know is they better make marijuana legal in New Jersey. Because they need the money

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  7. The key word is “inexpensive”, in the risk of sounding conspiratorial, think about all the money people will make from developing a vaccine. Or better yet, the money they won’t make because SARCOV2 virus can be managed with an over-the-counter drug you can get in Iran or Vietnam.

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  8. I have family in the medical field in Brazil, the drug only works combined with other drugs, therefor the use of it by itself isn’t recommended. Yesterday several doctors from Rio de Janeiro resigned in protest for been forced to prescribe the drug to the patients. I really don’t think we have the answers.

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    1. I took it in Brazil for Malaria in the 90’s, and all the data says it has to be used early for COVID

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  9. If Bill Gates said it worked most of the sheeple would be all for it. Because the best President in the world said it works the sheeple asleep don’t buy it including laimstream media . Wake up follow the money and stop believing laimstream media and only the lefts corrupt narrative 😡😡😡.

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  10. All the doctors that have been touting hydroxychloroquine, including Dr Risch say it should be given along with Zinc. By itself it won’t work, plus giving it late (when Covid turns into pneumonia.) So the time to take it is early when you just get symptoms along with Zinc.

  11. The data in randomized, placebo-controlled trials point to no benefit. The data in less rigorous studies (i.e. observational studies) provide more encouraging results for the use of hydroxychloroquine. This outcome is common as observational studies being less rigorous often do not control for confounding variables. For instance, in the henry ford study patients in the experimental group (receiving HCQ) were more likely to have received steroids (which have been found effective in treating covid-19). This is just one example but this type of finding is really common in science and medical research. When a treatment or cure which showed benefit in a lesser quality study is subjected to more rigorous study design where confounding variables are controlled for the treatment shows no benefit. Does hydroxychloroquine work? Idk? Most experts say it doesnt. No conspiracy here though. Need more high quality studies. Preferably of the group of patients the yale prof has identified as being likely to benefit.

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  12. @Joshua Miller…Thanks for your posting…I don’t care who says what. Am just hoping people can use whatever might work for them, which could be different things for different people.

    I like to post info. on things, and it’s interesting that if I post an article like this one on certain forums it gets flagged off.

  13. We all have our own unique immune system. We are all different. Medications will have different effects on different individuals. Getting a medication to alter the immune reaction is best given before the desired reaction goes off the rails. The dangers of this medication have been exaggerated greatly.
    By the way, when did Brazil become a medical mecca?

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