THE QUESTION. Presented by some as an almost miraculous remedy, chloroquine continues to unleash passions, more or less scientifically, while the medical community itself seems divided. In this quarrel, the defenders of this antimalarial treatment have cited for several days the departmental data published by Santé Publique France.
Mortality due to the coronavirus would therefore be lower in Marseille, the city where Professor Didier Raoult officiates, at the origin of a study which is not unanimous. Since then, this renowned but divisive infectiologist has been treating the victims of Covid-19 using chloroquine within the IHU Marseille Infection, which he directs. Some therefore affirm it, or, at least, ask the question: would not this supposed lower mortality in Marseilles be proof that chloroquine works?
CHECK. First, let’s clarify a point: to say that the under-mortality in Marseille (or in the Bouches-du-Rhône) is