Nevada governor limits use of anti-malaria drugs for coronavirus patients

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Despite the world including India pinning the hope on anti-malaria drugs to treat serious COVID-19 patients, Nevadas governor has ordered to ban use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat new coronavirus patients.

The doctors at Banner Health, where the couple was treated, urged that chloroquine phosphate - which they note is sometimes used to clean fish tanks in aquariums - should not be misused.

"Within 30 minutes of ingestion, the couple experienced immediate effects, requiring admittance to a nearby Banner Health hospital", the health care system Banner Health said in a statement.

The man's wife, who did not want to be named, told NBC News that when she heard Trump mention chloroquine as a potential COVID-19 drug, she recognised the name as a parasite treatment for her koi fish.

"I saw it sitting on the back shelf and thought, 'Hey, isn't that the stuff they're talking about on TV?'" said the woman.

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NBC News later quoted the woman as saying she and her husband were anxious about catching Covid-19 and had heard Mr Trump discussing chloroquine as a promising treatment.

"In hospitalised adult patients with severe Covid-19, no benefit was observed with lopinavir-ritonavir treatment beyond standard care", they wrote in a study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Trump last week falsely stated that the Food and Drug Administration had just approved the use of chloroquine to treat patients infected with coronavirus. Still, doctors are adamant that people should NOT take the medication to try to prevent or cure the virus.

Trump has called chloroquine and the closely related hydroxychloroquine potentially important in the fight against Covid-19.

At a new conference on March 19, Mr Trump said chloroquine, which has been in use since 1944 to treat malaria, was being investigated as it might have antiviral properties.

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Lieberman said she is now struggling to find the medication and said that it is "irresponsible" for people to hoard it.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose state is the epicenter of the US outbreak with more than 25,000 cases, on Sunday said it had acquired hundreds of thousands of doses of the malaria drugs to use in a clinical trial.

It is important to note that the drug is still being tested to verify its effectiveness against Coronavirus.

White House task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci has attempted to dissuade anyone from reading too much into what amount to scattered and early scientific research results, but Fauci seems to be falling out of favor with Trump and has not appeared on recent task force briefings. Health officials in Nigeria have said three Nigerians have overdosed on chloroquine in attempts to combat COVID-19.

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