NOTE: Always consult your doctor.
The devastation wrought by COVID-19 has been global and devastating. Scientists and doctors around the world are racing to find effective treatments and vaccines to combat this novel coronavirus. Fighting a novel virus requires novel approaches, so scientists and doctors have been experimenting with various treatments—essentially throwing treatment options against the wall to see what sticks.
In order to fast track treatments, the FDA loosened restrictions around the use of an antimalarial drug—hydroxychloroquine—based on some anecdotal promise out of South Korea and other countries. However, as more clinical trials have been conducted with hydroxychloroquine, it appears the drug is not an effective treatment for COVID-19 patients, and, in fact, may increase the mortality rate of COVID-19 patients.