Scientists have found that COVID-19 does not react to antimalarial drugs. That means you can't take them, as some physicians advise for prevention purposes. Also, taking such drugs can have powerful side effects on the body. Recently, a group of scientists said that antimalarial drugs will help cope with coronavirus. These drugs were recommended primarily for health professionals who constantly interact with patients at risk of infection.
Medicines such as chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine were prescribed to health workers. These are traditional standard medicines for treating malaria. They are also used for lupus red, rheumatoid arthritis.
They have been popular for almost 40 years and are highly effective in some conditions. But they have severe consequences, expressed in gastric disorders, severe nausea, vomiting, damage to the retina, cardiac toxicity. Coronavirus gave them a new prescription:
Chinese doctors included them in the list of fights against COVID-19, and the drugs immediately became in demand around the world, although there is no evidence of any effectiveness in the treatment or prevention of COVID-19. Recent clinical trials have led to the question: is it worth putting people's health at risk by offering them malaria medication?
One study has shown that low chloroquine concentrations can block the replication of COVID-19. And in another study, the same result was disproved. That's why scientists couldn't find any obvious advantages.