Dr Praises Hydroxychloroquine For Coronavirus: “Very Ill” To “Basically Symptom Free” In Hours

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Los Angeles doctor praised the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 in an interview with a local news station on Sunday, saying it has a dramatic effect on critically ill patients when used in combination with zinc.

Dr. Anthony Cardillo, CEO of Mend Urgent Care, made the remarks in an interview with ABC 7 news anchor Jory Rand.

“What we see clinically with our patients is that it only really works in conjunction with zinc. So, hydroxychloroquine opens the zinc channel, zinc enters the cell, and then blocks the replication of cellular machinery, “said Cardillo. “So it should be used in conjunction with zinc. We see some clinical responses in this regard. There are people who take it regularly for other pathological processes, we must be careful and aware that we do not prescribe to patients who have a COVID that is going well. It should really only be used by people who are really sick, in the hospital or at home very sick who need this medication, otherwise we will blow into our supply for patients who take it regularly for other medical conditions. “

“Each patient to whom I prescribed it was very, very sick and in 8 to 12 hours, it was practically free of symptoms and therefore, clinically, I see a resolution that reflects what we saw in the French study and in some other studies around the world, “said Cardillo. “But what I see is that the people who take it alone, in themselves, are not effective. “

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ABC 7 NEWS ANCHOR JORY RAND: Okay, very quickly. We have a little time left. I want to ask you about hydroxychloroquine, the president was pushing it hard enough yesterday. You said you prescribed it, I want to talk to you about the effects you see and what it could do for people who take it normally outside of the coronavirus and a possible drug shortage for them.

DR. ANTHONY CARDILLO: Exactly. What we see clinically with our patients is that it only really works in conjunction with zinc. Hydroxychloroquine therefore opens the zinc channel, zinc enters the cell, it then blocks the replication of cellular machinery. It should therefore be used in conjunction with zinc. We see some clinical responses in this regard. There are people who take it regularly for other pathological processes, we must be careful and aware that we do not prescribe to patients who have a COVID that is going well. It should really only be used by people who are really sick, in the hospital or at home very sick who need this medication, otherwise we will blow into our supply for patients who take it regularly for other medical conditions.

RAND: But what you are saying is that you are prescribing it and it works for COVID-19 patients?

CARDILLO: Each patient to whom I prescribed it was very, very sick and in 8 to 12 hours, it was practically symptom-free and therefore, clinically, I see a resolution that reflects what we saw in the French study and some other studies around the world. But what I see is that people who take it alone, by themselves, are not effective.



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