Re: The Pushback Against The Announcement Of A Successful Covid-19 Treatment
AS DISCUSSED AND DOCUMENTED here, last week a French clinical trial found that a combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin produced a 100% cure rate in Covid-19-infected trial subjects (and the hydroxychloroquine by itself, something also extensively tested and confirmed by the Chinese, produced a 57% cure rate). However, since the reporting of those facts, some have striven hard to disparage these happy discoveries.
Generally, the attacks (which amount to the maintenance of the Covid-craziness, whether that is their sole real purpose or not) rest on recitals of what is said to the dire and dreadful side effects of chloroquine. See here, here and here.
These discouraging attacks are easily shown to be false (again, whether deliberately or not) with nothing more than a few facts and a little clear thinking.
TO BEGIN WITH, the only time the treatment would be administered is in the very rare instance in which the alternative is death (as distinct from the vast majority of Covid-19 infections, which readily succumb to the body’s own natural healing). Side effects, even if actually dire, dreadful and likely are hardly a valid consideration under such circumstances.
Further, chloroquine side effects are neither as dire nor as dreadful as those who seem bothered by the emergence of treatment suggested. This can be readily seen by the fact that chloroquine has been a standard prescription for malaria (and a few other things, such as rheumatoid arthritis) for more than 70 years (for most of that time as the most widely prescribed antimalarial in the world). The drug is on the World Health Organization List of Essential Medicines.
Regarding side effects directly, Encyclopedia Britannica describes those risks as follows:
Some mild side effects may occur, including headache and abdominal cramps, which are common to antimalarials. Visual impairment may occur with long-term use of chloroquine.
The only real danger involved with chloroquine as a treatment (which really means the upgraded version, hydroxychloroquine) is when too much is taken. Should this happen, it would be due to self-medication overdose by people made delirious with terror thanks to the incessant, utterly-unrealistic fear-mongering about Covid-19 by the same types disparaging this treatment and lying about its risks.
I THINK I CAN SAFELY SAY that any of the very few folks who end up so threatened by Covid-19 as to need treatment by drugs, rather than just the chicken soup and extra nap-time that will suffice for most cases, are likely to feel pretty good about the trade-off between the cure and the actual side effect risks.
Sadly, I think I can also safely say that those prancing about in scary masks and lying about the cure are striving to perpetuate hysteria. I genuinely have no idea why this would be so, but can think of no other reason for the blatant distortions for which they are responsible.