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Doctors Rebut Misleading Hydroxychloroquine Media Bias

Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2020
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by Mike Fuljenz
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My long-time doctor friends who have treated COVID-19 patients have been disappointed recently in some of the national and regional media coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic.  They point out the over-emphasis often given to statistical information without proper understanding.

For example, emphasizing the volume of reported cases without equally emphasizing increased testing and positivity ratios is misleading.  Governors, doctors and hospitals seriously consider positivity ratios, and the media should not bury the lead here.  It isn’t all about case volume.

Also, some in the media and Democratic leaders, like Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden have recently been critical of President Trump for taking hydroxychloroquine prophylactically, with his doctor’s consent and prescription. This is not as unusual as the press claims. My doctor friends, including a pediatrician and a cardiologist, and some of their doctor friends who treat COVID-19 patients, from dermatologists to ICU doctors, have also taken hydroxychloroquine personally or prescribed it for family members at the onset of symptoms.  A prominent pulmonologist friend, who treats many COVID-19 patients, takes it prophylactically. They believe that Joe and Nancy should leave the medical discussions to the President and his doctor.  The doctors also say that hydroxychloroquine has been proven safe for over 50 years for use under doctor’s supervision and they welcome a spirited debate from all qualified sides, not just typical network contributors.

Finally, my diverse doctor friends note that hospital bed usage and ICU usage for COVID-19 patients is down significantly in their region and that this important information is buried in media reports – or not reported at all.  The network TV doctors are seldom asked about this startling new trend and they wonder why this encouraging news is rarely emphasized.

True, there may be some remaining hot spots, but my doctor friends and I want to know why any information justifying a phased reopening of the country has often been widely criticized by the national media while the important science and statistics justifying such actions is often buried.

For example, the re-opening strategies of Republican Governors of Florida and Georgia, Ron DeSantis and Brian Kemp, respectively, got uniformly bad press and dire warnings of new cases, so far, they have enjoyed favorable results, while the Democratic Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo has received widespread praise despite questionable policies and dismal nursing home results.

Perhaps the media owe the governors of Georgia and Florida an apology.

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Dan W.
Dan W.
3 years ago

There has been misleading reporting during the past two months but part of that is the result of us seeing Covid-19 for the first time. Even so-called smart people gave us what turned out to be bad advise.

Hydroxychloroquine fell into the “what have you got to lose” category. We were desperate for any drug that could treat Covid-19. Hydroxychloroquine was a possibility and there was some evidence that it worked in some patients,

However, the FDA has now determined that hydroxychloroquine is likely to do more harm than good for Covid-19 patients. That doesn’t mean that trying hydroxychloroquine was wrong two months ago. It simply means that hydroxychloroquine is no longer a viable option in the battle against Covid-19.

Gale B
Gale B
3 years ago

Dan, There have been a number of recovered covid patients and family members of recovered covid patients that will tell you that Hydroxychloroquine worked for them in their battle against the virus. So I believe there are a lot of misleading reports that want people to believe Hydroxycholoroquine is not a viable option when in fact it has been very beneficial to some patients and their are some doctor’s that tout it’s benefits. Check Dr. Stephen Smith, Infectious Disease Expert.

Thetruth
Thetruth
3 years ago

The mainstream media is in cohoots with the democrats, China and Iran who will stop at nothing to take Presidential Trump down. The President is doing everything in his power to save the people of America and the world. Pray for his safety!!!

B. R.
B. R.
3 years ago

HDRXYCHL. has been shown effective in thousands of real-life COVID cases throughout the world. Especially at the onset and early sx stages. This politicization of this medicine because of Trump’s suggestion that it would be worth looking into, is not only insanely biased it is an incredibly blatant example of malpractice. Imagine the number of lives that might have been saved had this medicine been put into use for those in the nursing homes, which comprise 1/3 to 1/2 of the total deaths due to COVID. Malpractice at the most egregious level.

Not to mention the fact that Remdesivir the pushed drug of choice is the only one in which there is any significant profit as its patents have not expired and the royalties can flow into the coffers. Whereas HYDRXYCHL has been in use for around 65 years been given in millions of safe doses and is extremely cheap. How is that for a red flag?

Beverlee Koutny
Beverlee Koutny
3 years ago

Fake news is insane in its efforts to destroy America. I hope they learn their lesson soon or somebody fact checks them all day.

Beverlee Koutny
Beverlee Koutny
3 years ago

See reply below

Carol M.
Carol M.
3 years ago

Where can I get a prescription for hydroxychloraquin if I should get Covid? Our state won’t allow it until hospital? I would want to take it as a prophylactic..

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