Myth: Medicines such as hydroxychloroquine and Zithromax can cure coronavirus
This is FALSE. These medicines do not work against the virus that causes Covid-19. Hydroxychloroquine is an old medicine that works against malaria, lupus and some types of arthritis but studies in Covid-19 patients have shown hydroxychloroquine is not an effective treatment and in fact can cause heart problems and liver problems in Covid-19 patients. Zithromax – also known as a Z-pack or azithromycin – is an antibiotic that works against some bacteria. Antibiotics do not work against viruses. The reason azithromycin was tested in Covid-19 patients is because sometimes a viral infection leaves a person’s body vulnerable to a bacterial infection and in that case antibiotics can be helpful. But studies testing azithromycin in Covid-19 patients shows it does not help these patients. It’s really important to use the right medicine for a particular disease and hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin are not effective against Covid-19.