The final answer after a rigurous medical study is that hydroxychloroquine can’t help patients with the novel coronavirus.
In fact, the results published Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine show it was no better than placebo pills at preventing illness. "We were disappointed. We would have liked for this to work," said the study leader, Dr. David Boulware, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Minnesota. Hydroxychloroquine has long been used for malaria, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, but no large studies have shown it or chloroquine to be safe or effective for much sicker patients with coronavirus. Federal regulators have warned against hydroxychloroquine's use except in hospitals and formal studies because of the risk of side effects. It does not prevent infection.
The results "are more provocative than definitive," and the drug may yet have prevention benefits if tried sooner or in a different way, Dr. Myron Cohen of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill wrote in a commentary. It will be another study about this ? Nobody could answer right now. Maybe in the future the curiosity will increase adding some various parameters to trial. But for this moment hydroxychloroquine will not be more accepted for coronavirus treatment.