Prayer #122: For the Use of Hydroxychloroquine to Treat COVID-19
The wide use of hydroxychloroquine, which has been approved for medical use since 1955, to treat those infected with COVID-19 could save 75,000 to 100,000 lives, stated Dr. Harvey Risch, an epidemiology professor at Yale School of Public Health. This accords with a study done by the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) in Southeast Michigan, recently published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, which determined that hydroxychloroquine provided a "66 percent hazard ratio reduction." This study differs from others of the drug in that patients were treated early with the drug. "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," Dr. Marcos Zervos, head of the HFHS's infectious diseases unit, said. Risch stated that unfortunately, discussion about the evidence for the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine is not being covered in the mainstream media, and in his opinion, a propaganda war is being waged on the use of the drug for political purposes, not based on medical facts. "All evidence is actually good for it when it is used in outpatient cases," Risch stated. "Nevertheless, the only people who actually say that are a whole pile of doctors who are on the front lines treating those patients across the country, and they are the ones who are at risk of being forced not to do it."
Pray today that more attention would be given to hydroxychloroquine as a possible treatment for COVID-19. Pray for the studies and trials that have been underway to look at the drug's effectiveness, safe use, and any side effects. Pray that for this and other potential COVID-19 treatment drugs such as azithromycin, there were would be openness to study looking into their use.
Prov: 1:5: "Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance."