Liberal Media Debunked Yet Again. Doctors Say Hydroxychloroquine Has '90% Chance' Of Helping COVID Patients
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The Left-wing ‘mainstream’ media has been wrong about so many things in the era of Donald Trump it’s no wonder their credibility continues to tank.
After the president began touting hydroxychloroquine, a drug long used to treat malaria, as a possibly being useful to also treat coronavirus, the media attacked him mercilessly.
As Attorney General William Barr noted in an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, before the president mentioned the drug, it was actually being considered as a potential COVID-19 mitigator.
“The politicization of decisions like hydroxychloroquine, it’s been amazing to me,” Barr said.
“Before the president said anything about it, there was [a] fair and balanced drug of this very promising drug," Barr continued. "And the fact that it had such a long track record, the risks were pretty well-known. As soon as Trump said something positive about it, the media’s been on a jihad to discredit the drug.”
Well, as has often been the case, Trump is a lot closer to the truth than the media.
In a letter to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey late last month, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) notes that research data indicate persons treated with hydroxychloroquine have a 90 percent chance of being helped by the drug.
In a news release, the AAPS noted:
To date, the total number of reported patients treated with HCQ, with or without zinc and the widely used antibiotic azithromycin, is 2,333, writes AAPS, in observational data from China, France, South Korea, Algeria, and the U.S. Of these, 2,137 or 91.6 percent improved clinically. There were 63 deaths, all but 11 in a single retrospective report from the Veterans Administration where the patients were severely ill.
The organization noted further that the antiviral properties of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine have been studied since 2003.
“Particularly when combined zinc, they hinder viral entry into cells and inhibit replication. They may also prevent overreaction by the immune system, which causes the cytokine storm responsible for much of the damage in severe cases,” the physician organization explained.
Hydroxychloroquine is also helpful in the treatment of autoimmune diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
AAPS also said the data also show that treatment with hydroxychloroquine helps reduce the incidence of patients going on ventilators while also shortening contagious and recovery periods.
But, though it is legal to prescribe drugs ‘off-label’ — the term used when a drug is given to a patient for a condition other than what the medication was originally developed for — the Food and Drug Administration won’t allow physicians to prescribe hydroxychloroquine outside of a hospital setting.
“Many nations, including Turkey and India, are protecting medical workers and contacts of infected persons prophylactically. According to worldometers.info, deaths per million persons from COVID-19 as of Apr 27 are 167 in the U.S., 33 in Turkey, and 0.6 in India,” the letter to Ducey states.
What’s, a vaccine for coronavirus is months, if not years, away.
“Vaccines and results of randomized double-blind controlled trials of new drugs are at best months away. But patients are dying now, while affordable, long-used drugs would be available except for government restrictions,” the press release noted.
Earlier reports also noted that hydroxychloroquine was effective at treating coronavirus patients.