One of the biggest issues facing the Western world is how it treats the elderly. And this has become of paramount magnitude in these pandemic times, with the elderly being much more at risk of dying from COVID-19 than the younger population.
The vulnerability of the elderly to COVID-19 is especially an issue in nursing homes, which are in many cases genuine hotbeds for the disease.
In the past weeks, there has already been too many horror stories, with elderly homes with large number of deaths. This is in part because of sick residents left untreated for the disease, or simply abandoned, because the medical and other staff does not want to enter the premises any longer.
There are also positive stories. There are now many cases reported in the media of elderly people, including centenarians, recovering from COVID-19. And these seem to be largely connected with hydroxychloroquine-based treatments.
The detractors of the simple and cheap 20$ therapy will say it’s all anecdotal, and maybe even that it was dangerous to administer the therapy to such vulnerable patients. It appears however that lives have been saved, and that’s what matters.
There are immediate lessons to be learned. With early hydroxychloroquine-based treatment, the fatality rates for the elderly, including in nursing homes, could probably be dramatically reduced.
And fortunately, such treatment can easily be deployed and does not require hospitalization if administered early. Such treatment would not only be beneficial to the residents, but also to the staff, very much exposed and often having already contracted the disease.
Here are a few of the stories, ranked by declining age, found online in newspaper and magazine articles. There is quiet a number of such testimonials, so we just covered here the age bracket 88 to 104.
Picture: 92-year-old Dr Ananda Prasad, who self-prescribed a hydroxychloroquine / zinc therapy.
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His family says that doctors tried a couple of things – including using hydroxychloroquine – a drug used to treat malaria. Now, they say he has made a ‘wonderful recovery’ and continues to get better every day.
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Dr. Taimur Mirza oversaw Avouris’ care and says her prognosis initially was not good.
“Her course in the beginning, it was a little bit rough. For a while there, she required some oxygen, then we started her on the combination of the hydroxychloroquine and the azithromycin,” Mirza said.
Evelyn Rand is now four weeks into her coronavirus diagnosis. Doctors have told the family she’s doing outstanding, which brings hope for a full recovery.
“We did ask for them to exercise the Right to Try Act based on what had been used in other countries,” said McConnell. “In this case, it was Hydroxychloroquine. So she was started on a five-day dose of mono-therapy.”
She’s 97 with diabetes, heart disease and more. Coronavirus should have taken her. Instead, ‘she’s a miracle.’
Perl said she was treated with hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug, and azithromycin, an antibiotic often referred to as a Z-Pak. She never needed a ventilator, but stayed on oxygen, which she was using anyway for a heart condition.
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Siegel said that his father’s cardiologist prescribed hydroxychloroquine and antibiotics and the combination proved effective.
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“We also did treat her with hydroxychloroquine, which is a medicine out there we’ve talked about in the press,” he continued. “Somehow, she was able to stay strong enough and pull through this.”
After designing his own treatment plan, a 92-year-old Wayne State University research doctor says he and his wife, also 92, are among the Michigan residents who appear to have beaten COVID-19.
Prasad, a medical doctor who spent his career researching the mineral zinc, said he and his wife used the same treatment of zinc and hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug that is being studied as a treatment for the coronavirus. Prasad said he was taking zinc as a supplement before he began having symptoms of the virus at the end of March.
Sartori, 60, remained alone with his 90-year-old mother in Castana di Pradello, a village in Emilia Romagna, Italy where there are more cows and sheep than people … “Luckily, Dr. Cavanna came to our place one day. When I saw him walk in, I felt reborn.”
Except in rare cases, he uses hydroxychloroquine on its own. Although the drug hasn’t been tested for the coronavirus, he says it is the “most effective treatment for now.”
A 90-year-old woman from Long Island, New York, has miraculously recovered from coronavirus — and she wants to offer hope to everyone else feeling afraid amid the pandemic.
With not much left to offer Fortunato in terms of treatment options, doctors turned to the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, according to the AP.
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Dr. Daniel Amen, their youngest son, stepped in … He wrote out two prescriptions for two drugs: hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin. His parents started taking the drugs before the ambulances came. They continued their doses while in Hoag Hospital. They received no other medicine.
Read also our previous story on hydroxychloroquine-based treatment and the elderly: