Is trump genuinely concerned about helping out fellow Americans? Is he grasping for straws? Or is this some more devious self-serving plot?
It’s hard to tell exactly what Trump’s motives are and quite concerning given the heated arguments taking place over the drug among senior White House officials.
So what exactly is hydroxychloroquine? Well, it is a drug used to prevent or treat malaria, a mosquito-borne infectious disease responsible for infecting half a billion people each year. Hydroxycholoroquine is ingested orally and typically administered 1-2 weeks before travelling to a malarious area. The drug is quite well tolerated by most people, and reduces the risk of contracting the disease by around 90%.
Claims made by Trump about hydroxychloroquine:
- It has antiviral affect on the virus
- It is pretty much a cure for Coronavirus
- It could be one of the biggest game-changers in medical history
- It doesn’t kill people
The above claims are dubious at best, and at worst downright dangerous. The top immunologist in USA, Anthony Fauci, has been adamant that the drug is not a proven treatment for the virus. All relevant studies conducted to date are of a small population size, with questionable control factors and data integrity. It is also not clear if the drug is effective in combating the virus itself or merely in alleviating the symptoms. As with any drug, there are always side-effects, which in the case of hydroxychloroquine can include anything from nausea to heart failure. And with a sudden surge in demand for the drug, stockpiles for those who actually need it to treat the world’s most deadly disease, malaria, may run out.
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- 1 million Canadians apply for Coronavirus benefits on day 1 (Read More)
Here’s what people are saying about it:
Is Trump benefiting from a surge in demand for hyrdoxychloroquine?
IC you thought it too cynical to ask: "Trump reportedly owns a stake in a company that produces hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug he has repeatedly touted as a coronavirus treatment even though his experts say there’s no strong evidence it works." https://t.co/kU1IMusZF5— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) April 7, 2020
Japan’s decision not to broadly test for Coronavirus makes it difficult to assess prevalence.
Virus cases surging in Tokyo. US Embassy warns Americans in Japan to make "immediate" plans to leave or risk being stuck indefinitely without access to regular healthcare: "Japanese government's decision to not test broadly makes it difficult to assess the COVID-19 prevalence." pic.twitter.com/YKeq4q3Vr9— Will Ripley (@willripleyCNN) April 5, 2020
Canada Revenue Agency swamped with applications for federal Coronavirus benefits.
Today the feds handled 1,000 applications per minute. Holy f&*@. https://t.co/rLOYB7Abmu Let me try to give some context for how impressive this is.— Dr. Jennifer Robson 🇨🇦 (@JenniferRobson8) April 7, 2020
Wuhan celebrates the end of its 76 day lockdown.