Costa Rica is using hydroxychloroquine to treat patients with COVID-19, the country’s medical experts confirmed.

The drug’s use in Costa Rica follows the guidance of medical experts from China, where the novel coronavirus is believed to have originated.

“In Costa Rica, we have been using hydroxychloroquine since we had a teleconference meeting with personnel from China, personnel from Shanghai and Wuhan,” said Mario Ruíz, Medical Manager of the Costa Rican Social Security System (CCSS, or Caja).

“They were the ones who attended the emergency that arose in China, and hydroxychloroquine has its specifications and specific doses. Thanks to this help provided by the Chinese scientific community and a therapeutic care manual, we are using these treatments at the established doses.”

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