Let’s go Fishing: Severe Illness Associated with Using Non-Pharmaceutical Chloroquine Phosphate to Prevent and Treat Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

            Good Lord!! Is this how we have evolved as Humans in the year 2020? With all the technology, we’re just now learning how to wash our hands and some are buying fish tank additives to consume to prevent the COVID-19. According to the The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals are ingesting non-pharmaceutical chloroquine phosphate, a chemical for aquarium use that is commercially available for purchase at stores and through internet websites. The CDC Health Advisory describes two individuals who did just that where one died quickly and the other developed severe GI and cardiac abnormalities. The CDC reports:

At this time, there are no routinely available pharmaceutical products that are FDA-approved for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19.

            The CDC advisory describes that pharmaceutical chloroquine phosphate and hydroxychloroquine sulfate are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat specific medical conditions, such as malaria, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. Currently, these medications are being studied and evaluated as treatment for COVID-19; however, their efficacy to either prevent or treat this infection are unknown. It then goes on to make the recommendation which I guess big brother is obligated to make in lite of public stupidity:

Do not ingest aquarium use products or any other chemicals that contain chloroquine phosphate. These chemicals are not intended for human consumption and can lead to serious health consequences, including death.

            Physicians, you must now educate patients on the serious risks of misusing non-pharmaceutical chloroquine products and other aquarium use chemicals. 



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Robert Duprey MD

Robert is a 2nd career physician (MD); a combat Veteran with the US Army; a former psychiatric nurse practitioner; an independent researcher; a medical writer; and now having passed USMLE Steps 1, 2CK, 2CS, and 3, is a residency applicant. 

  3 comments for “Let’s go Fishing: Severe Illness Associated with Using Non-Pharmaceutical Chloroquine Phosphate to Prevent and Treat Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

  1. Steve O'
    April 4, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    just a question – if Grandpa doesn’t make it on the chloroquine phosphate, do you flush him with full honors like a goldfish?
    Insane behavior calls out for irreverent humor. Sorry, Grandpa

  2. Rusty Shackleford
    April 4, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    The wife of the man that died has a social media history and political donation history that shows her to be a clear TDS sufferer.

    Circumstantial evidence suggests she wanted to get rid of the husband and the whole story is BS. Steven Crowder did a good video on it.

  3. Pat
    April 4, 2020 at 9:21 am

    That could be a new core measure.

    Panic always makes things “better.”

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