You won’t get enough quinine from your gin and tonic to kill the corona virus, but a quinine analogue may disrupt the novel (novel to humans) covid-19 virus while a z-pack used to fight bacterial chest infections may tamp down the unleashed opportunistic bacteria. There are longterm dangers of atrial fibrillation (QT interval related) but the treatment protocol is short term. The topic was thrust into the public venue at a recent presser by President D.J. Trump when he said “what have we got to lose, this may or may not work, let’s try it?”
"On March 9 a team of researchers in China published results showing hydroxychloroquine was effective against the 2019 coronavirus in a test tube. The authors suggested a five-day, 12-pill treatment for Covid-19: two 200-milligram tablets twice a day on the first day followed by one tablet twice a day for four more days.
A more recent French study used the drug in combination with azithromycin. Most Americans know azithromycin as the brand name Zithromax Z-Pak, prescribed for upper respiratory infections. The Z-Pak alone doesn’t appear to help fight Covid-19, and the findings of combination treatment are preliminary.
But researchers in France treated a small number of patients with both hydroxychloroquine and a Z-Pak, and 100% of them were cured by day six of treatment. Compare that with 57.1% of patients treated with hydroxychloroquine alone, and 12.5% of patients who received neither.
What’s more, most patients cleared the virus in three to six days rather than the 20 days observed in China. That reduces the time a patient can spread the virus to others. One lesson that should inform the U.S. approach: Use this treatment cocktail early, and don’t wait until a patient is on a ventilator in the intensive-care unit."
The usual regimen for Z-Pak or azithromycin is 500 mg PO once, then 250 mg once daily for 4 days. (from medscape). These drugs are prescription drugs to be monitored under medical supervision.
(I’m not a physician nor do I portray one on radio, tv, nor the silver screen. I was awarded a JD, but was told in law school not to use the “Doctor” title because it would confuse the public. Dr. Pat Roberson didn’t get the message.)