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Protecting Frontline Healthcare Workers against COVID-19

Protecting Frontline Healthcare Workers against COVID-19

Project Overview

Our front-line healthcare workers are the heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Every day, they come face-to-face with the enemy that is COVID-19; putting their own lives at risk in order to save the lives of others. 

Alarmingly, in the 2003 SARS pandemic, healthcare workers accounted for 21% of global cases.

With no proven treatment or vaccine for COVID-19, and a concerning shortage of protective equipment around the world, it is critical that we protect our frontline healthcare workers against infection with COVID-19 to ensure they can continue caring for our most vulnerable patients.

Prof Bala Venkatesh, Director of the Intensive Care Unit at The Wesley Hospital, urgently needs to continue research to determine whether a safe, low-cost, orally available agent known as hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) will prevent COVID-19 infection in healthcare workers.

HCQ has shown promising biological efficacy in preventing COVID-19 infection in previous research and this knowledge is now being applied to a large multi-site clinical trial, called the ‘HOPE HCQ 4 Healthcare Workers’ study in partnership with The George Institute for Global Health.

Patients Required

Estimated completion

July 2021

Total participants

7000

Study location

India

Project Aim

This clinical trial aims to definitively provide the answers that we need to ensure our health services are able to cope with the unprecedented demands of this global crisis.

Project Impact

Aiming to enrol up to 7000 frontline healthcare workers exposed to patients with known or suspected COVID-19, this clinical trial will provide the answers that we need to ensure our health services are able to cope with the unprecedented demands of this global crisis.

Researchers

Professor Bala Venkatesh
Lead Researcher

This clinical trial will provide the answers we need to ensure our health services are able to cope with the unprecedented demands of this global crisis.

Professor Bala Venkatesh, Lead Researcher

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