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Thank you for this post. I am happy to hear this!
Regarding HCQ, I recommend watching this video clip of Dr. Robert Hariri. It's the most sensible commentary I know of regarding HCQ. Watch from 2:57 - 4:14. (By the way, is it possible to embed Twitter videos on the forum? I don't know how, so if someone does, please reply to this post and let me know.)https://twitter.com/NormLevy/status/1249364675948675072
Also, this article draws a helpful comparison:https://nypost.com/2020/04/12/those-sla ... tion-wars/
It’s true that chloroquine is “untested” as a therapy for COVID-19, and that its possible successes are “anecdotal.” But how could it be otherwise? The virus and the disease are brand new. There are no tested, proved therapies for it.
What’s odd is that naysayers appear to have forgotten the major drug-approval battles over treatments for AIDS, a watershed in American gay history. Before the advent of the miraculous antiretroviral medicines that have saved millions of lives, HIV was a death sentence. Like the novel coronavirus, it was a killer that came out of nowhere, and no one knew how to treat it as it ravaged its victims’ immune systems.
Groups like ACT UP accused the FDA under President Ronald Reagan of dragging its feet, with its insistence on lengthy, rigorous clinical tests for AZT, ribavirin, peptide-T and other drugs that appeared to have positive — though “anecdotal” — effects on AIDS patients.
Comparing AIDS to the Holocaust, with Reagan in the role of Hitler, ACT UP founder Larry Kramer and other activists likened the very same Dr. Anthony Fauci to Adolf Eichmann — the Nazi functionary who organized the trains to Auschwitz — because he was too cautious about expediting drug approval.
Reagan’s responsibility for deaths from AIDS is still a cherished myth on the left. When Hillary Clinton praised Nancy Reagan at her 2016 funeral, she was forced to apologize by the Human Rights Campaign, which considered revoking its endorsement of her candidacy.
The award-winning 2013 hit movie “Dallas Buyers Club” tells the story of a group of HIV-positive activists who, frustrated by FDA intractability, smuggled unapproved drugs from Mexico and sued the government to allow them to use them. Their desperation, and willingness to try untested medical protocols to save lives, was shown as heroic, not irresponsible.
Trump’s interest in the malaria drug as a coronavirus treatment didn’t come to him in a fever dream. Doctors in France, Malaysia and China conveyed positive outcomes, and anecdotal reports from clinicians in New York and other locales suggested that the drug had a salutary effect.
The New York state Department of Health, with the full support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is currently giving chloroquine to thousands of people suffering from COVID-19. And there are reports — indeed, anecdotal — that it can work.
The same people on the left who claim to “love science” don’t understand how it works. Science is an iterative, experiential practice of trial and error. Doctors make observations, try something, adjust, tweak dosages — and try again. That’s how every advance in medicine has always happened.
And remember that it was the same FDA bias toward following its own rules that led it to refuse to approve “unproved” coronavirus tests, delaying our responsiveness, and costing precious time.
Saying that there’s “no evidence” that chloroquine works is playing games with words. Responsible people are taking it seriously, and there appear to be positive reports about it. The reflexive Trump-haters should let this one go.