Review of a controversial treatment method in the fight against COVID-19 with the example of Algeria

Bull Natl Res Cent. 2021;45(1):94. doi: 10.1186/s42269-021-00550-w. Epub 2021 May 20.


Background: As of April 23, 2021, more than 145 million cases and almost 3.07 million related deaths were noted because of the coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic. Considering the low rate vaccination, the alternative that divided opinions for a long time is an old medicine called hydroxychloroquine.

Main body: The aim of this review was to synthesize the different highlights of the most important studies published since the beginning of the epidemic crisis. After a precise study of the available bibliography dealing with this subject and the addition of an adapted example, which is the current situation of Algeria, the results showed the effectiveness of the Algerian method as well as the impact that this treatment had.

Conclusion: We concluded that in brief, given the inexistence of a better solution, we ultimately recommend that patients with severe COVID-19 to be treated for the moment with Hydroxychloroquine combined with Azithromycin in view of its effectiveness, while waiting for another solution.

Keywords: Algeria; COVID-19; Hydroxychloroquine; Pandemic crisis; Public health.

Publication types

  • Review