Viral load comparison for 34 HCQ and 32 control patients hospitalized with moderate COVID-19. All patients recovered limiting the room for beneficial effects.
While not achieving statistical significance, results show faster recovery with HCQ. The greatest benefit is seen mid-recovery as expected for an effective treatment:
Δt7-12: 81% improvement with HCQ
Δt<7: 24% improvement with HCQ
For Δt>12, everyone has recovered so there is no room for improvement. Since the HCQ group started slightly higher the improvement is slightly less. Most participants have also dropped out by this test, with only 6 HCQ and 9 control remaining (also suggesting HCQ patients recovered faster).
Faíco-Filho et al., 6/21/2020, prospective, Brazil, South America, peer-reviewed, median age 58.0, 6 authors.