A new study from the Henry Ford Health System shows that the already approved and inexpensive drug, Hydroxychloroquine, ‘significantly’ reduces the death rate of COVID-19 patients.
The patients in the study met specific criteria. Most received the drug shortly after admission to the hospital; “82% within 24 hours and 91% within 48 hours of admission.”
Dr. Marcus Zervos, the division head of Infectious Disease for Henry Ford Health System, says the stud’s findings have been highly analyzed and peer reviewed, unlike many previous studies.
“Our analysis shows that using hydroxychloroquine helped saves lives,” said neurosurgeon Dr. Steven Kalkanis, CEO, Henry Ford Medical Group and Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of Henry Ford Health System. “As doctors and scientists, we look to the data for insight. And the data here is clear that there was benefit to using the drug as a treatment for sick, hospitalized patients.”
This brings up a significant question, now.
Virtually every mainstream news outlet blasted President Trump's suggestion that Hydroxychloroquine showed promise. They said his suggestions were dangerous and some even suggested he, perhaps, was trying to kill people by getting them to take the drug.
Some Democrat governors restricted the drug from being issued as a treatment in their states. Michigan's Whitmer was one who took the knee-jerk reaction as President Trump had touted the drug's possibility of helping those who had come down with the virus that spread from China.
New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo (D), issued an executive order prohibiting the drug from being dispensed to patients outside of a hospital or inpatient setting. This kept people from being able to go to their pharmacist to fill a prescription.
The mainstream media went nuts after a couple in Arizona ingested fish tank cleaner as a supposed treatment and preventative for COVID-19. It was a form of Chloroquine but not the Hydroxychloroquine that President Trump had talked about. A man in his 60's died from ingesting the Chloroquine phosphate.
The media blamed Trump and scared people across the country.
However, there was promise of the drug's ability to help COVID-19 patients, long ago. A Democrat State Representative, Karen Whitsett, thanked Donald Trump for helping to save her life after she opted to take the drug after coming down with the disease. Within 2 hours, she said she was feeling better.
Other studies had also shown promise.
While it's still not approved as a 'cure' for the disease, and there isn't one at this time, it has shown promise. It has also been around for decades and we know the possible side effects of it, unlike new drugs that are in experimental stages.
As Trump said many times, if you're in the at risk category and come down with the disease, "what do you have to lose?"
So, the question now, is how many lives could have been saved if the rabid anti-Trump media hadn't demonized the drug so much that some governors essentially banned its use and people were too afraid to take it?
CNN recently published an article, regarding this study, claiming the drug just may work, while also including that 'others have doubts'. This is after they spent months demonizing President Trump for touting its promise at the time.
Why were those in the mainstream media so quick to denounce this drug and hold out high hopes for brand new, highly expensive trial drugs?
Was it simply that their hatred for President Trump knows no bounds?