Factcheck: Has a New York GP found a cure for COVID-19?
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A New York GP has found a cure for COVID-19.
Unconfirmed. There is no known treatment at this time, and no proof that the GP has found one.
In a YouTube video addressed directly to United States President Donald Trump, Dr Zelenko, New York general practitioner (GP), claims to have successfully treated hundreds of coronavirus patients. In the video, the GP mentions hydroxychloroquine, zinc and Zithromax antibiotic (azithromycin) as treatments. He claims that “I’m seeing tremendous positive results, I have not sent any patient to the hospital yet even though I’ve treated hundreds already with the infection”.
As we have previously written, there is no known treatment at this time, and no clear proof that zinc treatments, Hydroxychloroquine or other potential treatments can cure COVID-19 yet.
Promoting a treatment without clinical tests is dangerous. Dr Jeff Paley, an internist in Englewood, was quoted in the New York Times saying that it was “irresponsible” of Dr. Zelenko to promote a treatment without warning that the combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin can cause severe side effects if not properly administered. The World Health Organization (WHO) says “there are several ongoing clinical trials of both western and traditional medicines. WHO is coordinating efforts to develop vaccines and medicines to prevent and treat COVID-19 and will continue to provide updated information as soon as research results become available”.