COVID-19 Digest: Hydroxychloroquine Update (Recorded 4/3/20) - The Emergency Medical Minute

COVID-19 Digest: Hydroxychloroquine Update (Recorded 4/3/20)

Host: Elizabeth Esty, MD

In our coverage of COVID-19 this week, we’ve investigated the shakey evidence for NSAID use making COVID worse, heard first-hand accounts from ED clinicians with COVID, and looked at the status of testing in the United States. Before capping our week of coverage off, we wanted to analyze some of the most recent literature on clinical interventions for COVID, particularly the recently FDA approved hydroxychloroquine. 

Research By: Elizabeth Esty and Nathan Novotny

Sound Editing By: Stephen Bahmani


  1. Wang M, Cao R, Zhang L, et al. Remdesivir and chloroquine effectively inhibit the recently emerged novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in vitro. Cell Research. 2020;30(3):269-271. doi:10.1038/s41422-020-0282-0
  2. Gautret P, Lagier J-C, Parola P, et al. Hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin as a treatment of COVID-19: results of an open-label non-randomized clinical trial. Int J Antimicrob Agents. March 2020:105949. doi:10.1016/j.ijantimicag.2020.105949
  3. Molina JM, Delaugerre C, Goff JL, et al. No Evidence of Rapid Antiviral Clearance or Clinical Benefit with the Combination of Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin in Patients with Severe COVID-19 Infection. Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses. March 2020. doi:10.1016/j.medmal.2020.03.006
  4. Chen Z, Hu J, Zhang Z, et al. Efficacy of hydroxychloroquine in patients with COVID-19: results of a randomized clinical trial. medRxiv. March 2020:2020.03.22.20040758. doi:10.1101/2020.03.22.20040758

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