I was a little cautious about the efficacy vs toxicity of chloroquine and its derivatives in my last post.
George Henderson just retweeted this snippet;
Sadly the narrow line between the degree of raising lysosomal pH to blunt viral replication and that which might release sufficient cysteine to strip the FeS clusters out from complex I can be crossed quite easily, so it appears.
Worryingly Dr Barman appears to have been one of those people with some degree of metabolic syndrome and who might have been someone most likely to benefit from prophylaxis against coronavirus replication.
My own observation during my very rare trips to our local hospital is that medical professionals are far from immune to metabolic syndrome. Couple that with extreme stress, high viral load exposure, severe sleep deprivation and the sort of food/snacks available in hospitals and you have to worry for the health of these people.
None of them want to have metabolic syndrome, a problem which is built in to our public health guidelines. These people are laying their lives on the line to support the lipid hypothesis. Most of their patients are in hospital secondary to the lipid hypothesis. Those developing ARDS in the ITU do so in a large part as a result of the lipid hypothesis.
Just my rather sad view from the sidelines.