Trump re-tweeted the viral video of a Houston area “doctor” he called “spectacular” and “an important voice”.
In the video, Dr. Stella Immanuel, promotes hydroxychloroquine as a sure-fire cure for the coronavirus. She claims to have successfully treated 350 people “and counting,” including older patients and some with underlying medical conditions. “You don’t need masks, there is a cure”. She also believes in “alien DNA” and “demon sperm”.
Trump is once again trying to kill vulnerable people with fake science news.
Hydroxychloroquine has no evidence for being an effective treatment for COVID. In fact, according to recent publications in highly respected medical journals, it’s likely dangerous both for the liver and the heart (hydroxycholoroquine-nah-says-nejm). In fact, the US FDA has warned against its use in any further clinical trials.
For reasons that aren’t clear to me, Donald Trump, and co-conspirator Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, have been obsessed with Hydroxychloroquine since the beginning of the pandemic. Bolsonaro, who recently tested positive for COVID himself and claims to take the drug, has been turning a blind eye to the now (at least) 89,000 Brazilian deaths (certainly underreported).
Officially, (if you needed official confirmation), as published in the highly regarded medical journal, NEJM, a study finds hydroxychloroquine is completely ineffective in treating COVID. In fact, it could be harmful- some people taking the drug have more heart and liver problems.
“Among patients hospitalized with mild-to-moderate Covid-19, the use of hydroxychloroquine, alone or with azithromycin, did not improve clinical status at 15 days as compared with standard care. “
“In this open-label, multicenter, randomized, controlled trial involving hospitalized patients with confirmed mild-to-moderate Covid-19, a 7-day course of hydroxychloroquine either with azithromycin or alone did not result in better clinical outcomes as measured by a seven-level ordinal scale at 15 days. There was also no effect on any of the secondary outcomes. Occurrence of any adverse event, elevation of liver-enzyme levels, and prolongation of the QTc interval was more frequent in patients receiving hydroxychloroquine with azithromycin or hydroxychloroquine alone than in those receiving neither agent.”
In the supplements: Drinking methanol, making masks out of wet wipes, snorting hydrogen peroxide, using handkerchiefs that are red in color, vaccinating yourself with an injection of a mixture of amphetamines cocaine and nicotine, drinking cow urine, carrying a “5G usb key” to shut out the mobile phone waves, or applying a cotton ball soaked in violet oil to the anus—- all of no benefit for COVID but may have other positive affects.