A  global survey of more than 6,000 doctors found that hydroxychloroquine, a drug used to treat malaria, as the most effective treatment for coronavirus.

According to the survey, conducted by the global health care polling company Sermo, Azithromycin was rated the second-most effective therapy at 32 per cent, followed by “nothing,” analgesics, anti-HIV drugs and cough medicine.

Of the 6,227 physicians surveyed in 30 countries in Europe, South America, and Australia, 37 per cent rated hydroxychloroquine as the “most effective therapy” for combating the potentially deadly illness

The survey also found that the most commonly prescribed treatments are analgesics (56 per cent), azithromycin (41 per cent) and hydroxychloroquine (33 per cent).

Hydroxychloroquine is used in the US for high risk diagnosed patients. Outside the US, hydroxychloroquine was used for diagnosed patients with mild to severe symptoms.