Hydroxychloroquine helped save coronavirus patients, study shows; Trump campaign hails 'fantastic news'
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Leroy N. Soetoro
2020-07-03 21:15:36 UTC

Researchers at the Henry Ford Health System in Southeast Michigan have
found that early administration of the drug hydroxychloroquine makes
hospitalized patients substantially less likely to die.

The study, published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases,
determined that hydroxychloroquine provided a "66% hazard ratio
reduction," and hydroxychloroquine?and azithromycin a 71 percent
reduction, compared to neither treatment.

In-hospital mortality was 18.1 percent with both drugs, 13.5 percent with
just hydroxychloroquine, 22.4 percent with azithromycin alone, and 26.4
percent with neither drug. "Prospective trials are needed" for further
review, the researchers note.

"Our results do differ from some other studies," Dr. Marcus Zervos, who
heads the hospital's infectious diseases unit, said at a news conference.
"What we think was important in ours ... is that patients were treated
early. For hydroxychloroquine to have a benefit, it needs to begin before
the patients begin to suffer some of the severe immune reactions that
patients can have with COVID."

A statement from the Trump campaign hailed the study as "fantastic news."

"Fortunately, the Trump Administration secured a massive supply of
hydroxychloroquine for the national stockpile months ago," a statement
read. "Yet this is the same drug that the media and the Biden campaign
spent weeks trying to discredit and spread fear and doubt around because
President Trump dared to mention it as a potential treatment for

It added: "The new study from the Henry Ford Health System should be a
clear message to the media and the Democrats: stop the bizarre attempts to
discredit hydroxychloroquine to satisfy your own anti-Trump agenda. It may
be costing lives."

The findings, conservatives said, highlighted efforts by media partisans
to undermine confidence in the drug simply to undercut the president.

"So fewer people died because they took the drug @realDonaldTrump
suggested.... Thank you, POTUS for doing the right thing even in the face
of a DC culture attacking you no matter what you do," wrote former Acting
Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell.

The Federalist's Sean Davis added: "Media and incompetent corrupt
government officials lied to you about social distancing. They lied to you
about hydroxychloroquine. They lied to you about risks to children and the
general population. They lied not to help you, but to control you, and
they’re not going to stop."

At a March 19 White House briefing, Trump had remarked: "Now, a drug
called chloroquine, and some people would add to it, hydroxychloroquine,
so chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine ... [has] shown very encouraging,
very, very encouraging early results." The president acknowledged that the
drug may not "go as planned" and that more testing was needed, but that
"we’re going to be able to make that drug available almost immediately."

That statement prompted immediate mockery from journalists.

"Trump peddles unsubstantiated hope in dark times," read a March 20
"analysis" by CNN's Stephen Collinson. Saying Trump was "adopting the
audacity of false hope" and embracing "premature optimism," Collinson
charged that "there's no doubt he overhyped the immediate prospects for
the drug" because the FDA had not provided an explicit timeline on
approving the drug to treat coronavirus.


The media onslaught continued. "Trump is giving people false hope of
coronavirus cures. It’s all snake oil," read one Washington Post headline.
Added the Post's editorial board: "Trump is spreading false hope for a
virus cure -- and that’s not the only damage."

"The most promising answer to the pandemic will be a vaccine, and
researchers are racing to develop one," the paper insisted, although it is
not staffed with medical experts. "Mr. Trump’s inappropriate hype has
already led to hoarding of hydroxychloroquine and diverted supplies from
people with other maladies who need it. His comments are raising false
hopes. Rather than roll the dice on an unproven therapy, let’s deposit our
trust in the scientists."

USA Today's editorial board was similarly aggressive and mocking, writing,
"Coronavirus treatment: Dr. Donald Trump peddles snake oil and false

"There are no approved therapies or drugs to treat COVID-19 yet, but the
president hypes preliminary chloroquine trials at White House briefing and
unproven remedies on Twitter," the paper wrote, just days before the FDA
would approve the drug.

Communications strategist Drew Holden flagged these and numerous other
examples of media misinformation on the matter in a lengthy Twitter


Salon, Holden noted, called Trump's hope in the new treatment his "most
dangerous flim-flam: False hope and quack advice."

The New Yorker pondered "The Meaning of Donald Trump’s Coronavirus
Quackery," observing that Trump's "pronouncements are a reminder, if one
was needed, of his scorn for rigorous science, even amid the worst
pandemic to hit the U.S. in a century."

Michael Cohen, a Boston Globe columnist, urged networks to stop airing
Trump's coronavirus press briefings because he was spreading
"misinformation" about a potential cure.

And, NBC News complained, "Trump, promoting unproven drug treatments,
insults NBC reporter at coronavirus briefing."

The New York Times' Kurt Eichenwald reported that a "Louisiana MD" on the
"front lines of the COVID-19 fight" had told him that "Hydroxychloroquine
doesn't work" and that "amateurs who dont [sic] understand research" were
driving up demand for the drug. ("Count me skeptical of your source here,
Kurt," Holden wrote.)

Vox mocked Trump's "new favorite treatment" for the drug and said the
evidence is "lacking" that it works.

Medical journal retracts study of hydroxychloroquineVideo
The media retreated somewhat from this narrative as more positive evidence

"Malaria Drug Helps Virus Patients Improve, in Small Study," The New York
Times reported in April, adding: "A group of moderately ill people were
given hydroxychloroquine, which appeared to ease their symptoms quickly,
but more research is needed."

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, went from threatening doctors
who prescribed the drug with "administrative action" to requesting that
the federal government ship her state some. Other state leaders have
followed suit, including Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, also a Democrat.

And, an international poll of thousands of doctors rated
hydroxychloroquine the “most effective therapy” for coronavirus.


The Food and Drug Administration halted the emergency use authorization
for the drug earlier this month, saying preliminary data showed it wasn't
effective. Research into its possible applications to treat coronavirus,
however, has continued.
No collusion - Special Counsel Robert Swan Mueller III, March 2019.

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denial Hillary Rodham Clinton on December 19th, 2016. The clown car
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Congratulations President Trump. Thank you for cleaning up the disaster
of the Obama presidency.

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queer liberal democrat donors.

President Trump has boosted the economy, reduced illegal immigration,
appointed dozens of judges and created jobs.

Senile loser and NAMBLA supporter Nancy Pelosi got "Trumped" on February
5, 2020. "President Trump, Not Guilty."
danny burstein
2020-07-03 21:18:05 UTC

your fourth grade health, science, and maths teachers
are gnashing their teeth (well, now their dentures)
over just how poorly you turned out. And to think
you showed such promise.

They've been drafted to return and set up summer
school remediation for you. And they dread it.
Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key
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