By Duncan Smith
For whatever reason, many people have believed for some time now that the country’s leading immunologist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has been dishonest (and wrong!) about a lot of things regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
One thing, in particular, he has been regularly accused of is downplaying the significance of the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine, which sever medical doctors and other experts have claimed is effective in the treatment of coronavirus.
Physicians around the country have reported success when using the drug to treat COVID-19 patients.
But Fauci, along with the Left-wing cabal of social media giants, Democrats, and the ‘mainstream media,’ have all dismissed such claims as quackery.
Why? Wouldn’t you think if a drug was truly effective, those ‘compassionate liberals’ would be all for it?
And if it is effective, why isn’t Fauci promoting it?
Well, we don’t know the answer to that. But a top Yale University epidemiologist believes Fauci’s dismissal of hydroxychloroquine is intentional.
Just The News reports:
Dr. Harvey Risch, a noted Yale epidemiologist, has accused White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci of waging a “misinformation campaign” against the drug hydroxychloroquine, claiming the medication has shown consistently encouraging results in treating COVID-19 when used properly.
Hydroxychloroquine has been at the center of a protracted political debate since March, when President Trump cited the drug as a promising possible treatment for the novel coronavirus. HCQ has long been used by doctors to treat malaria along with other syndromes such as arthritis and lupus. The World Health Organization lists it as an essential medicine, while nearly five million Americans hold prescriptions for it.
Since Trump’s speculative endorsement of the drug, media outlets and medical officials have for several months aggressively promoted various medical trials that have determined the drug has no effectiveness in fighting COVID-19; many commentators have also insisted, in spite of the drug’s decades-long safe track record, that it is too dangerous to be used to cure the disease.
Among the drug’s critics has been Fauci. In March, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infection Diseases dismissed claims of HCQ’s effectiveness as “anecdotal” and has periodically voiced that skepticism over the course of the pandemic.
Risch, however, is sharply criticizing Fauci’s approach to evaluating the drug’s effectiveness, arguing that repeated trials and tests have shown that it is markedly effective at treating COVID-19 so long as it is administered properly.
Risch, a professor of epidemiology and the director of Yale’s Molecular Cancer Epidemiology Laboratory, has been pushing for the drug’s use in the fight against the coronavirus for months. Last week in a Newsweek op-ed he called HCQ “the key to defeating COVID-19,” claiming its use — particularly when administered with one of two antibiotics and the nutritional supplement zinc — has been “shown to be highly effective” in treating high-risk coronavirus patients.
On Tuesday, Risch went further, charging in an interview with Just the News that Fauci is perpetrating a “misinformation campaign” in his opposition to the drug.
Fauci “has been maintaining a studious position that only randomized controlled trial evidence has any value,” Risch said, “and everything else he calls anecdotal.”
“The crucial issues are (a) early treatment of (b) high-risk (c) outpatients with (d) HCQ plus zinc, [azithromycin], doxycycline etc. for (e) hospitalization or mortality outcomes,” Risch said. “Dr. Fauci, in citing all of the studies without qualification, smeared all over points (a)-(e).”
He noted further that opponents of HCQ have been arguing that the drug “doesn’t work on patients near death in ventilators and therefore we can’t use it on healthier patients in outpatient settings.”
“Why would you even entertain invoking a study on severely sick patients to bear on the efficacy of outpatients?” he asked.
Great question. Maybe Fauci should answer it.
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