Some Solid Good News on the COVID-19 Front

Coronavirus looks to have met its match.

From Uncommon Descent, BREAKING: After Prof Raoult’s 78 of 80 success ratio test, France approves [Hydro?]Chloroquine for Covid-19

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France 24, English has the vid:

This is a breakthrough of hope for those who may fall victim to the disease.

HT, Vivid.

I link the Daily Wire report Vivid links, given the onward confirmation:

France Officially Sanctions Drug After 78 Of 80 Patients Recover From COVID-19 Within Five Days

By  Amanda

The French government has officially sanctioned chloroquine, a drug often used to fight malaria, for certain patients infected with the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

“The French government has officially sanctioned prescriptions of chloroquine to treat certain coronavirus patients,” France 24 English reported Saturday.

“This ensures continued treatment of patients who have been treated for several years for a chronic condition with this drug, but also allows a temporary authorization to allow certain patients with coronavirus to benefit from this therapeutic route,” said France’s director general of health Jérôme Salomon.

The move comes after infectious diseases specialist Didier Raoult announced new clinical results, which can be accessed here, that show 78 out of 80 patients treated with chloroquine recovered within five days, reported Trustnodes.

The five-day recovery time is “considerably” faster “than the usual 14 days and for some it can go up to 28 days if they recover at all,” the outlet highlighted.

France’s Minister of Health Olivier Véran said Thursday: “Hydroxychloroquine and the combination of lopinavir / ritonavir may be prescribed, dispensed and administered under the responsibility of a doctor to patients affected by Covid-19, in the healthcare establishments which take charge of them, as well as for the continuation of their treatment if their condition allows it and with the authorization of the initial prescriber, at home.”

Dr. Raoult cheered the news via social media on Saturday: “Thanks to Philippe Douste-Blazy, former Minister of Health and member of the Board of Directors of the @IHU_Marseille, for his position,” he wrote.

Due to President Donald Trump fast-tracking Food and Drug Administration approval, New York state is testing hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine and azithromycin.

“The Food and Drug Administration has moved with ‘uncommon speed’ to authorize New York’s distribution of the drugs through hospitals,” The Daily Wire noted Thursday, citing a Washington Post report. “While experts say such an effort would usually take up to nine months, the timeline ‘has been compressed into three days,’ the paper reports.” . . .

This seems to be good news indeed, and we may now confidently expect that American tests should give at least reasonably good results. If this and other drugs hold up, we will significantly shift the balance on anticipated impact and on how stringent the containment measures that are proposed can reasonably be.

However, this case raises further deeply troubling questions about media party-lines, polarisation, hostility, belittling, demonisation, how we form opinions and how we seek out and respond to the balance of evidence and argument.

We need to have a fresh conversation on such matters, on a far broader basis than just this case. END

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This is what I like to see.

Are there other approaches, even better ways to fight the disease? I hope so!

Do we still need widespread testing? I’ll wait for a medical consensus on this, but I think that if we want to cut down on the quarantines and the lockdowns — and shorten the coming recession/depression — some kind of accurate, cheap, fast, and easy-to-find test will be needed.

(And I despise the idea of lockdowns being applied to the civilian population. A free society would have little — or no— tolerance for being universally treated like criminals by our civil servants.)


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