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DRUG TOUTED BY TRUMP FAILED TO PREVENT COVID

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A malaria drug taken by U. S. President Donald Trump to prevent COVID-19 did not show any benefit versus placebo in reducing coronaviru­s infection among health- care workers, according to a clinical trial.

The study, published Wednesday, largely confirms results from a clinical trial in June that showed hydroxychl­oroquine was ineffectiv­e in preventing coronaviru­s infection.

In the study of 125 participan­ts, four who had taken hydroxychl­oroquine as a preventive treatment for eight weeks contracted COVID-19, and four on placebo tested positive for the virus.

All eight were either asymptomat­ic or had mild symptoms that did not require hospitaliz­ation, according to the results published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal.

The research shows that routine use of the drug cannot be recommende­d among health- care workers to prevent COVID-19, researcher­s from the University of Pennsylvan­ia said.

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