In the village of Kiryas Joel, in about an hour’s drive from Manhattan, there are 35,000 Hasidic Jews. In March, its residents heard about the promising plan of treating the novel coronavirus from Dr. Vladimir Zelenko. They were hoping for his help because COVID-19 quickly spread throughout their community.
Since the beginning of March, the doctor has been treating people with symptoms of coronavirus, and he developed an experimental treatment. The treatment was simple, and it included the following drugs:
hydroxychloroquine (an anti-malaria drug), azithromycin, and zinc sulfate.
"We know that hydroxychloroquine helps Zinc enter the cell. We know that Zinc slows viral replication within the cell. Regarding the use of azithromycin, I postulate it prevents secondary bacterial infections. These three drugs are well known and usually well-tolerated; hence the risk to the patient is low," wrote Dr. Zelenko in the letter.
These drugs were tested on hundreds of patients. Some patients had minor symptoms at the time of arrival at the hospital. However, Dr. Zelenko made a solemn statement. He claimed that 100% of them survived the disease without hospitalization and without even needing ventilation.
"I see tremendous positive results," the doctor announced in a video message addressed to the US President Donald Trump on March 21. Earlier, we published the exclusive letter from Dr. Zelenko to Donald Trump.
We contacted Dr. Zelenko once again to tell us his story in detail. Here is his answer:
We are very grateful for the information Dr. Zelenko kindly provided us with.
Update, April 16th, 09:30 PM ET: Added data provided by the FDA: After the publication of Dr. Zelenko’s letter, we were approached by a lot of people asking about whether the use of the drugs that Dr. Zelenko recommends in the fight against coronavirus disease COVID-19 is correct. We conducted research and, referring to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), we found another recommendation regarding COVID-19 treatment.
It is our understanding of the document from the FDA, and we would like to emphasize that both the letter from Dr. Zelenko and the FDA document are only recommendations. You can not take these drugs without a doctor’s prescription.
The suggested dose for chloroquine phosphate is 1 gram on day one for adults and adolescents who weigh 50 kg, who are hospitalized with COVID-19, and for whom a clinical trial is not available or participation is not feasible, followed by 500 milligrams daily for four to seven days of total treatment based on clinical evaluation.