My article Pseudo-Science behind the Assault on Hydroxychloroquine has been published in WUWT. Some points from it:
- Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ)-based treatments are effective for COVID-19, unless started too late.
- There are a couple of borderline fraudulent pre-prints, trying to cast doubt on that, and they are endlessly cited in the media. Then there are a couple of serious studies, which are misinterpreted not only by the media, but by NIH and FDA as well
- Severe COVID-19 frequently causes cardiac effects, including heart arrhythmia. This is not a fault of HCQ.
- Millions of people regularly take drugs causing QTc prolongation, which might increase risk of heart arrhythmia and even cardiac in for COVID-19 patients with other risk factors.
To be effective, Hydroxychloroquine + Zinc/Azithromycin treatment should start as soon as possible when COVID-19 symptoms appear. This is based on the CDC advice on other antiviral drugs‘ use against common flu: “Studies show that flu antiviral drugs work best for treatment when they are started within two days of getting sick.” The window of opportunity might be even shorter for HCQ.
The states that made it difficult and time consuming to obtain HCQ made the treatment less effective.
Fauci-touted Remdisivir is good for nothing. “Remdesivir is not yet licensed or approved anywhere globally and has not been demonstrated to be safe or effective for any use” – from Drugs.com. The number of people that can be treated with it is close to 0. This is why it received the orphan drug status. Also, it is very expensive to manufacture. Development of Remdesivir started in 2009, and it is an ultimate ObamaDrug: useless, expensive, and promoted by fraudd and abuse of power.