President Donald Trump stated very early on in the coronavirus crisis that researchers were beginning to see very good results using a combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin to treat patients diagnosed with COVID-19.
Dr. Stephen Smith, an infectious disease expert, has now come forward to confirm that he has treated his patients with these drugs with great success, the Daily Wire reports. In fact, Smith said that he believes that the therapy signals the “beginning of the end of the pandemic.”
The drugs work
In the early stages of this pandemic, reports started to surface that doctors were having success using hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin, an anti-malarial drug and antibiotic, respectively, to treat patients suffering from COVID-19.
Because these drugs had already been approved by the FDA for other uses, President Trump was excited about the opportunity to find out if they would actually work for coronavirus patients. Soon afterward, New York was sent a supply of these drugs to use in trials to see how effective they were on a larger scale.
As this was happening, the media and some high-profile Democrats were mocking Trump or even outlawing the use of these drugs in their states because they weren’t approved for coronavirus specifically.
But Smith appeared on Fox News with Laura Ingraham on Wednesday and stated he has seen considerable success using these drugs. He explained that in the most serious COVID-19 cases, patients must have a tube placed in their throats as an artificial airway — known as intubation — in order to be ventilated, the Daily Wire reported.
The doctor added that of the patients he’s treated, “no person who has received five days or more of the hydroxychloroquine–azithromycin combination has been intubated. The chance of that occurring by chance, according to my sons who did some stats for me, are .000 something,” he said. “It’s a game-changer. It’s an absolute game-changer… I think this is the beginning of the end of the pandemic. I’m very serious.”
Dr. Stephen Smith, an infectious disease specialist, on using hydroxychloroquine/azithromycin combo to treat #COVID19 patients:
— Nicole Saphier, MD (@NBSaphierMD) April 2, 2020
Start using it
We all know the safety of patients comes first, but more and more reports are surfacing about these drugs being used throughout the nation with considerable success.
A recent report from The New York Times stated that a small sampling of patients who were “moderately” ill recovered using these drugs, yet we still see virtually no movement on a grand scale.
France has also reportedly had success using these drugs. Whether these drugs work in advanced cases seems to be unclear, but the combination does appear to be effective when given at the moderately ill stage.
Fortunately, though there has been considerable pushback from the media, the FDA approved the use of chloroquine for the coronavirus last week under a limited emergency-use authorization, according to the New York Post, so we may see even more doctors using the therapy as we go forward.