Monday, July 20, 2020

Coronavirus -- drugs

Two doctors tell how government and the politically connected have interfered with doctors treating their patients for COVID-19.

Use of hydroxychloroquine and zinc to treat COVID-19 outpatients first made the news in March. Dr. Vladimir Zelenko of New York claimed successful treatment of 669 patients. Snopes declared the story "unproven" (link).  Note that Snopes does not say the treatment protocol is "disproven" nor give any proven treatment or better treatment. Snopes does say public health officials largely disagree with Dr. Zelenko's risk assessment of the treatment protocol. A French doctor, Didier Raoult, also made the news, reporting successful use of the same drugs.

Hydroxychloroquine Should Be Available Over The Counter  I believe the graph shown on the page is somewhat misleading since the age structure of each country's population is ignored. Countries with high CFRs (case fatality rates; red bars) often have high percents of older people, and countries with low CFRs (green bars) often have low percents of older people (link).

I am not a doctor or medical professional of any kind. Regardless, the politically powerless have a right of free speech as much as anybody else. The mainstream media ignores anybody -- such as these two doctors -- who doesn't fit its favored narrative. Also, the extent of interference by people in government and the politically connected is worthy of concern. They like to pose as knowing more and impose their authority on all, heavily supported by the mainstream media. In my opinion their performance during this pandemic has been poor. 

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