COVID-19: Latest Updates

In Belize we have been COVID-19-free since May 5th. While we only have to deal with inconvenience of wearing face masks in ninety-degree weather, the rest of the world has been at war with an invisible enemy that has taken hundreds of thousands of lives.1 During this fight, new information is emerging every day. Treatment options are being explored, new symptoms have been reported and vaccines are being tested, and some are yielding positive results! In this article, we will discuss briefly what information has been discovered over the past couple days.

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Update on Hydroxychloroquine

Update on Hydroxychloroquine.

The latest study finds no benefit from hydroxychloroquine. Hydroxycholorquine was heralded as a potential game-changer for treating COVID-19. However, a new study shows that the drug is of little benefit.[1] This does not mean it should be written off as a potential treatment option. It has shown antiviral activity in-vitro and the rationale for its use is plausible. More evidence is still needed and clinical trials are still ongoing.

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