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Drugs wrongly touted as COVID treatments


* HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE: Used to treat malaria, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. There’s no reliable evidence it can prevent or treat COVID-19, and some studies found it may make things worse.

* REMDESIVIR: Antiviral medicine that can help some people in hospital with severe COVID-19 recover faster, but does not help people with milder COVID-19.

* DEXAMETHASONE: Reduces inflammation and is used to treat asthma and arthritis. Reduces the risk of dying for people in hospital with serious COVID-19 that need help to breathe. Doesn’t help people with less severe COVID-19 and could make things worse.

* EPHEDRA: Vitamin D, and other complementary medicines: None found to be effective against COVID-19 outside of intensive care.

Source: NPS MedicineWise

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