Hydroxychloroquine Effective for Prophylaxis, According to New Study

A new study, by Pranab Chatterjee and collaborators, published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research, found a significant decline in the odds of getting infected with SARS-CoV-2 when taking the appropriate doses of hydroxychloroquine.

The study’s title is Healthcare workers & SARS-CoV-2 infection in India: A case-control investigation in the time of COVID-19. It can be found at: http://www.ijmr.org.in/preprintarticle.asp?id=285520

According to the study, “consumption of four or more maintenance doses of HCQ was associated with a significant decline in the odds of getting infected.”

The study found that “a dose-response relationship existed between frequency of exposure to HCQ and such reductions.”

It also found that “the use of PPE was independently associated with the reduction in odds of getting infected with SARS-CoV-2.”

In its interpretations & conclusions, the authors note that, the study “provides actionable information for policymakers to protect HCWs at the forefront of COVID-19 response.”

Note that new prophylaxis guidelines have recently been adopted in India, as we previously covered.