Chloroquine: An Unapproved Treatment of Coronavirus Causes Death

Please be advised:  As of March 25, 2020, there is no drug that has been proven in its ability to safely and effectively treat COVID-19.  

Yesterday, an older Arizona couple misinterpreted press briefings about promising clinical testing of several drugs in the fight against COVID-19 as a greenlight to self-administer one of those drugs to ward off the Coronavirus.  The couple ingested a small amount of fish tank cleaner that contained a version of Chloroquine, which is toxic to humans.

The husband died within hours and the wife is in hospital in serious condition.

Drugs such as Chloroquine, Plaquenil and Hydroxychloroquine are currently approved for use in treating malaria and other autoimmune diseases.  Even though they are still in clinical trials to determine their safety and efficacy for COVID-19 and have not been approved by the FDA for that purpose, doctors in some medical communities are pushing ahead and still prescribing them anyway since they are allowed to be administered for other reasons.  However, without proper preliminary testing by your medical care provider, Hydroxychloroquine, could cause fatal heart arrhythmias, especially in people with underlying heart disease.   Chloroquine can poison users who take too much as with the devastating case above.

There is currently no cure for the Coronavirus

Although numerous medical researchers are working hard to develop a vaccine and/or treatment for COVID-19, scientists estimate it will be 12 to 18 months before a vaccine is approved for human use.  Currently, there is no specific medicine to prevent or treat the Coronavirus disease.  However, those experiencing mild cases of Coronavirus have found relief in treating the symptoms with over the counter cold and flu medications, hydration, proper nutrition and rest.
Though, about 80% of individuals who become infected with COVID-19 recover from the disease without needing special treatment, about 1 in 6 of those infected become seriously ill developing breathing difficulties which can lead to complications and death.  If you believe you have contracted COVID-19, the degree to which it will progress in each individual is not currently known.  Please be vigilant in following the steps below:

If you believe you are infected

According to the Metropolitan Government of Nashville’s Nashville COVID-19 Response page, if you believe you are infected, do not go to the emergency room unless you have an actual emergency.  If you feel sick, please first call your doctor, a nurse hotline or an urgent care center.

The Tennessee Coronavirus Public Information Lines are (833) 556-2476 or (877)-857-2945. This line is available daily from 10 a.m.–10 p.m. (Central Time Zone).

In addition, local healthcare systems have Coronavirus hotlines for patients on their websites.

People outside the greater Nashville area with respiratory illnesses should contact their primary care provider.

Things you should NOT do if you might be infected

Besides taking unprescribed, toxic drugs like Chloroquine which can cause death, there are many other things you can do to worsen a COVID infection.  Please be advised that the following measures ARE NOT effective against the mitigation of symptoms for those currently infected by COVID-19 and can be even more harmful to those infected.
  • Smoking/vaping nicotine products
  • Smoking/vaping marijuana
  • Alcohol/drug abuse
  • Taking antibiotics
  • Overmedicating with over-the-counter cold and flu medications

We are all at this very uncertain juncture together.  When times are tough, doing things that would normally be considered outrageous, high-risk or out of character for us, may suddenly seem more reasonable.  We urge you to continue to follow updates from the CDC and never take any drug that has not been perscribed by your doctor.  Your life and the lives of your family members could depend on it.

Stay well, my friends

—Rocky McElhaney