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Howard G. Smith, M.D. is a former radio medical editor and talk show host in the Boston Metro area. His "Medical Minute" of health and wellness news and commentary was a regular weekday feature on WBZ-AM, WRKO-AM, and WMRE-AM. His popular two-way talk show, Dr. Howard Smith OnCall, was regularly heard Sunday morning and middays on WBZ.

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Apr 6, 2020




Hydroxychloroquine with added azithromycin (Zithromax) eradicates CoVid19 virus in the blood of infected patients even better than hydroxychlorquine alone.  A pre-published preliminary French study followed 36 CoVid19 patients hospitalized for treatment in Marseilles.


14 patients received hydroxychloroquine 600 mg/d alone and 6 of them also received treatment with a Z-pack. The data revealed a significant drop in nasal virus over a 5 day period.  By that time, only 50% of hydroxychloroquine-treated patients had virus and none of those treated with both drugs had it.


This news is exciting but not established fact.  These drugs each have side effects, some deadly, and must be careful monitored.


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