Professor: Hydroxychloroquine Could Save 100,000 Lives; Being Stifled By A ‘Propaganda War’

In a televised interview on Fox News, Yale epidemiology professor Dr. Harvey Risch said that he believes the hydroxychloroquine, the President Trump-touted drug, could save up to 100,000 lives if used properly to treat COVID-19

Risch insisted that the controversial drug is proven to be effective against coronavirus and safe for people to use, but lamented that it has become a political victim of a “propaganda war.”

“It’s a political drug now, not a medical drug,” Risch said. “I think we are basically fighting a propaganda war against the medical facts, and that colors not just population people, how they think about it, but doctors, as well. There are many doctors that I’ve gotten hostile remarks [from], saying that all the evidence is bad for it and, in fact, that is not true at all,” Risch said.

“All the evidence is actually good for it when it’s used in outpatient uses,” Risch added. “Nevertheless, the only people who actually see that are a whole pile of doctors who are actually on the front lines treating those patients across the country — and they are the ones who are at risk of being forced not to do it.”

Risch contended that all in all, “…75,000 to 100,000 lives would be saved,” if the drug was used widely and perhaps as a prophylactic, preventative manner.

A researcher at the Yale School of Public Health, Risch published a study into the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine in early June, and concluded that the drug should be made widely available. At the time, he said that the drug, in combination with, “…Azithromycin or Doxycycline, and probably with zinc,” could serve as a “game changer” in the fight against the pandemic.

Hydroxychloroquine was touted by President Trump early on in the pandemic, despite warnings from some public health officials that the drug’s effectiveness against COVID-19 was anecdotal. Ever since, it has become a hot-button political issue.

After fast-tracking approval in March, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration pulled its emergency use authorization in June after studies showed it was ineffective and potentially dangerous. One of the major studies causing concern though, was retracted after inaccuracies were found in the data the study was based upon.

Since then, a new study conducted by the Henry Ford Health System found that “…treatment with hydroxychloroquine cut the death rate significantly in sick patients hospitalized with COVID-19, and without heart-related side-effects.”

Published July 2, the Henry Ford study reported that, “In a large-scale retrospective analysis of 2,541 patients hospitalized between March 10 and May 2, 2020 across the system’s six hospitals, the study found 13% of those treated with hydroxychloroquine alone died compared to 26.4% not treated with hydroxychloroquine.

None of the patients had documented serious heart abnormalities; however, patients were monitored for a heart condition routinely pointed to as a reason to avoid the drug as a treatment for COVID-19. Patients treated with hydroxychloroquine at Henry Ford met specific protocol criteria as outlined by the hospital system’s Division of Infectious Diseases.

The vast majority received the drug soon after admission – 82% within 24 hours and 91% within 48 hours of admission. All patients in the study were 18 or over with a median age of 64 years; 51% were men and 56% African American.”

2 Comments on "Professor: Hydroxychloroquine Could Save 100,000 Lives; Being Stifled By A ‘Propaganda War’"

  1. Covidiot sheep

  2. Sineta George | August 3, 2020 at 12:26 pm | Reply

    I’m an American living in Africa and I’m ASTOUNDED that something so simple (giving people a pill to take 1 time a week) is causing so much angst…

    Both the CDC and the WHO predicted that ‘tens of thousands’ of Africans would die from Corona because of the ‘substandard health care facilities’ in most countries, especially in Sub Sahara Africa. Look at yourselves now. Every white country on the planet has been hit and hit HARD with Corona and now COVID 19.

    Now look at every Black African country on the continent and look at their death rates from Corona. You were DEAD WRONG and STILL won’t even look to the Motherland for treatment because of plain old racism. Normal people would say ‘I wonder what they are doing to save their people – they are getting Corona but they aren’t dying off like flies like our people?’ or ‘Oh, they have Corona testing kits for $1 too? That’s great! Maybe we should get some for our people in the US”

    and the best part: ‘Well lookie he… the country that came up with the $1 test kit has had hydroxychloride malaria pills over the counter for 3 decades and even had a pharmaceutical factory manufacturing them locally for YEARS so back in the day a monthly treatment for anti malaria properties was 25 cents.’ Now it’s used primarily by tourists so it’s about $5 bucks a month.

    So you have a malaria test kit invented in conjunction with the UK here in Senegal that sells for $1 and they are treating their people with hydroxy & zinc for about $6… a month.

    Why can’t the liberal talking heads in the media report on that? Because at the end of the day liberals and conservatives are wings on the same bird. Both parties are racist to the core have politicized medical treatment (who DOES THAT?) and are hoarding hydrozy from their last trip abroad and getting extra for themselves from their family doctors. In public they would never, ever admit or accept the FACT that hydroxy & zinc and/or other malaria meds given to patients in the early stages of Corona IN SUB SAHARA AFRICA usually recover and go on to live their lives. They could just give in and buy test kits from Senegal but nope, they would rather die first. And guess what? They are.

    Sad, really sad.

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