Is hydroxychloroquine the cure for Covid-19? WHO says no, but Internet says results are 'a scandal to hurt Trump'
In America's Frontline Doctors White Coat Summit, a doctor claimed that she has treated Covid-19 patients with the drug and it is the 'cure'
American doctors held a controversial "White Coat Summit" on Capitol Hill on July 27 to address what they are referring as "a massive disinformation campaign" surrounding coronavirus to which American life has fallen casualty. Although these are claims being made on the Internet, WHO claims that there is no effect of it on Covid-19 patients and WHO has clearly said that it has no effect on the virus.
While there’s already anxiety and misinformation regarding the global pandemic, Dr Stella Immanuel, a primary care physician from Houston, in a video from the press conference can be seen saying, "I personally treated over 350 patients with Covid-19. Patients who have diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, old people — my oldest patient is 92. I have put them on hydroxychloroquine, zinc and zithromax, and they are all well." She added, "I have not lost one patient. Fake studies and fake pharma companies say it doesn’t work. Nobody needs to die from this virus. It has a cure and it called hydroxychloroquine. You don’t need mask and you don’t need people to be locked down."
It should be noted that the WHO has discontinued hydroxychloroquine trials into tackling Covid-19 after initial results showed that hydroxychloroquine produced little or no reduction in the mortality of hospitalized COVID-19 patients when compared to standard of care.
This snippet of Dr Immanuel was widely shared on Twitter and people started questioning why Americans are kept away from this information. A Twitter user said, "6000 doctors surveyed across the world all said #Hydroxychloroquine works in Covid patients. Multiple Studies in France found it effective. & yet here in America it is being suppressed to keep deaths high so the economy can be shut down ahead of the election. It’s sick!"
Some user called her ‘fearless’ and said she needs to be protected. Another supporter tweeted: "President @realDonaldTrump was right about Hydroxychloroquine Dr Stella Immanuel said 'NOBODY NEEDS TO GET SICK, THIS VIRUS HAS A CURE'. She explains how it not only works as a cure but can also be used to PREVENT COVID infection." One user said, "The suppression of #Hydroxychloroquine by Fauci & the Democrats to perpetuate Covid deaths to hurt Trump."
Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch tweeted, "The suppression of #Hydroxychloroquine (to hurt @realDonaldTrump) is a scandal that may have caused and could cause countless deaths." There was immense support for this doctor. "She’s a fearless warrior for the truth.....debunking the left wing narrative on #Hydroxychloroquine that is why they want to attack her so fiercely... keep up the good fight Dr Stella!!!" said one supporter.
In another video clip, tweeted by Alpha OmegaEnergy, the same doctor can be seen demanding urine samples of "all the talking heads of CNN and Dr Anthony Fauci" because according to her all of them are taking hydroxychloroquine.
According to a report published in The Atlantic in April, French doctors published a provocative observation in a microbiology journal. In the absence of a known treatment for Covid-19, the doctors had taken to experimentation with a potent drug known as hydroxychloroquine. For decades, the drug has been used to treat malaria, which is caused by a parasite, not a virus. In six patients with Covid-19, the doctors combined hydroxychloroquine with azithromycin (known to many as “Z-Pak", an antibiotic that kills bacteria, not viruses) and reported that after six days of this regimen, all six people tested negative for the virus.
The report states that Dr Anthony Fauci was not among the impressed. The day the study came out, Fauci, the leading infectious-disease expert advising the White House’s coronavirus task force, downplayed the findings as "anecdotal". It further states that it is unclear how hydroxychloroquine would work to treat Covid-19, but the drug is one of many now being urgently studied for the treatment of the disease.
While there was immense support in favor of Immanuel, there were those with opposing views as well. One of the critics said, "I’m an ICU doctor who ran two different high volume ICU’s here in NJ at the height of the pandemic here. We tried hydroxychloroquine in the ICU setting here. I never saw it work once. Not sure what the data will show at the end of all this but my experience is it was not effective." Another said, "As a physician/medical worker you take an oath of 'do no harm'. Every single one of these doctors came out without a mask on. That is literally against an MD's code of ethics." Another concurred, "A primary care physician is not an expert on epidemiology. They take of primary care. So far no specialists."
It is important to note that in June,the FDA, "based on ongoing analysis and emerging scientific data, revoked the emergency use authorization to use hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine to treat COVID-19. We made this determination based on recent results from a large, randomized clinical trial in hospitalized patients that found these medicines showed no benefit for decreasing the likelihood of death or speeding recovery."
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