A case-controlled investigation of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has revealed that consumption of four or more maintenance doses of hydroxychloroquine has led to a significant decline in the chances of the health workers getting infected with COVID-19, reports India Today.
The study reveals that while simply initiating exposure to hydroxychloroquine prophylaxis did not reduce the odds, however, it was observed that the protective effects of the drug began to show after taking in four or more doses.
Scientists involved in the study have noticed that fourth week onwards the risk reduction is observed to be significant if it is taken as prescribed for seven weeks.
The data for the study was collected between 8 to 23 May and involved doctors, nurses, housekeeping staff, security guards, laboratory technicians and operation theatre technicians.
It should be noted that the ICMR study's backing of the usage of the drug comes even as the World Health Organisation (AHO)'s solidarity trials of the drug have been put on pause to review the safety data.
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