COVID-19 Day 67: The CDC Didn’t Hide Chloroquine Research

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On social media we’ve been seeing posts claiming the government knew that chloroquine could treat COVID-19. They cite a 2005 scientific paper from CDC scientists. The implication is that this and other ‘COVID cures’ are being suppressed by the government, CDC, Dr. Fauchi, or the ‘bad guy’ du jour. Perhaps they didn’t bother reading the actual study or weren’t able to understand the technical language in it. But there is one bit of vocabulary in the paper that everyone should know, ‘in vitro.’

‘In vitro’ is Latin for ‘in glass’ refers to the study or manipulation of microscopic organisms or cells in a test tube, flask, or petri dish. Most people have at least heard of ‘in vitro fertilization’, from which we get the term ‘test-tube baby’. The 2005 study clearly states that CDC scientists found that chloroquine, in high concentrations, could kill SARS coronavirus “in vitro.

After the 2003 SARS outbreak, the CDC and many health organizations tested many common drugs to determine their effects on SARS coronavirus. This 2005 paper was one of those tests. It was an interesting discovery that lead to further trials, but it wasn’t a game-changer.

Many chemicals and drugs that appear to work test-tubes often fail when tested on humans. Sometimes the drugs are non-effective or even less effective than placebo due to how that drug is metabolized by our organs and many other unknown factors. Current studies of chloroquine, and its less toxic derivative hydroxychloroquine, have shown less than hoped for clinical results on COVID-19 patients.

In addition, chemicals or drugs that have been found to kill viruses in a test-tube may be toxic at the same high concentrations in the human bloodstream; chlorine bleach for example. This is something President Trump failed to understand when he asked the question about disinfectant chemicals and UV light at an infamous press conference. Hydroxychloroquine in high concentrations produced dangerous side-effects critical COVID-19 test subjects.

Since this 2005 CDC paper was published, this information was shared with virus researchers around the world. A Google Scholar search shows this study was cited by 377 other studies and papers. In fact, this paper led to Chinese scientists trying Hydroxychloroquine and Remdesiver against SARS-Cov-2 in test-tubes, which lead to human trials of Hydroxychloroquine by doctors in France, which got Tweeted about by Elon Musk, which got reported on by Fox news, which led to President Trump promoting it in the COVID Taskforce press conference.

So the claim that this study was hidden just doesn’t hold true.


SOURCES

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16115318

https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2012410

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/04/antimalarials-widely-used-against-covid-19-heighten-risk-cardiac-arrest-how-can-doctors

https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2012410

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2766117

https://video.foxnews.com/v/6142886572001#sp=show-clips

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