Polish chloroquine research may help in battle against coronavirus

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

Research on new ways to administer chloroquine may make the substance safer for Covid-19 patients, academics in Kraków, southern Poland, said on Monday.

Researchers from several Polish medical and technical universities and the Polish Academy of Sciences are working on a chloroquine treatment method which eliminates its dangerous side effects like cardiac arrhythmia and cardiac hypertrophy.

Because of these life-endangering risks, the World Health Organisation (WHO) halted the use of hydroxychloroquine on Covid-19 patients last May. If successful, the Polish-developed method may make chloroquine safe to use in such cases.

A feature on the Polish chloroquine studies has appeared in the prestigious US-based ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces periodical.

Popularly used in the treatment of malaria, chloroquine and its derivatives also help prevent pneumonia and respiratory arrest, which are frequent symptoms of the Covid-19 disease.