A noted infectious disease specialist who has treated 72 COVID-19 patients with the drugs hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin is claiming that the combined use of the antimalarial medication and antibiotic are “an absolute game changer” in the war against the disease.
The results have been so promising, Dr. Stephen Smith, founder of The Smith Center for Infectious Diseases and Urban Health, told Fox News host Laura Ingraham that “this could be the beginning of the end of the pandemic.”
During an appearance on “Ingraham Angle” Wednesday night, Smith pointed out that not a single COVID-19 patient that he put on the hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin regimen for five days or more has had to be intubated, a medical procedure that involves putting a tube into a patient’s trachea and placing them on a ventilator for respiratory support. Most of the people, he said, got better after only two days on the drug cocktail.
“The chance of that occurring by chance, according to my sons Leon and Hunter who did some stats for me, are .000-something,” he said, adding that “it’s ridiculously low.”
Amid much media nay-saying, research studies and anecdotal evidence increasingly show that the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are extremely effective at treating the coronavirus.
Smith said that his data supports an earlier French study showing that chloroquine taken with the antibiotic is an effective treatment for COVID-19.
“Now you actually have an intra-cohort comparison saying that this regimen works,” he explained.
“I think this is the beginning of the end of the pandemic. I’m very serious,” Smith told Ingraham.
Dr. Stephen Smith, an infectious disease specialist, on using hydroxychloroquine/azithromycin combo to treat #COVID19 patients:
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Last week, a Hasidic doctor in upstate New York claimed that he has successfully treated 699 people with moderate coronavirus symptoms.
Dr. Vladimir Zelenko has reportedly been in contact with President Trump’s new chief of staff, Rep. Mark Meadows, and the White House is evaluating the doctor’s protocol.
President Trump was roundly criticized in the media last month after he touted the “unproven” drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as promising treatments and potential “game-changers” in the war against the coronavirus.